By Miriam Humbe
The Federal Government has commended manufacturers and captains of industry on the sustainable production of essential commodities nationwide to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown on Nigerians meant to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, who was represented by Engr. Battah Ndirpaya, the Manager, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) of the Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential Commodities During COVID-19 Pandemic at the weekly briefing of the EOC in Abuja.
He disclosed that despite the initial challenges faced by manufacturers and industries, they were encouraged to operate by the Federal Government to ensure production and distribution of essential products like food items, medical and pharmaceuticals products while observing all standard procedures, as recommended by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He observed inter-state restrictions and curfew as one of the major obstacles militating against the free-flow and movement of essential commodities, the EOC however, urged drivers to desist from the habits of smuggling passengers into states of destinations, and to abide by all extant rules and regulations put in place by the Federal Government.