By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – The Federal Government has commended manufacturers in the country in their commitment in sustaining production of essential commodities despite the lockdown and curfew put in place to curtail the spread of Corona Virus otherwise known as COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, commended the manufacturers and captains of industry in Abuja at the weekly briefing of the Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential Commodities During COVID-19.
Engr. Battah Ndirpaya, Manager, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) of the committee, who represented the minister said despite initial challenges faced by manufacturers and industries, they were able to ensure adequate production and distribution of essential items like food items, medical and pharmaceutical products.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by Ibrahim Haruna, Deputy Director (Press), Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the minister said the intervention of government in ensuring free flow of the essential commodities as recommended by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 was a major encouragement to manufacturers.
He, identified inter-state restrictions and curfew as one of the major obstacle against the free-flow and movement of essential commodities, even as he called on transporters of essential commodities to desist from the habit of smuggling passengers into states of destinations to avoid running into serious troubles.