Onion traders under the aegis of Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (OPMAN) has threatened to cut off supply to entire southern Nigeria from Monday, June 7, if the Federal government fails to respond to the association’s demands.
OPMAN said this through the association’s president, Aliyu Isa who noted that members of the association lost onions and property worth N4.5 billion in various attacks in the south.
While addressing newsmen, Isa recounts on the losses incurred by member of the association during the Aba crisis in Abia State, He said the association lost three members, while about 30 trailers, 9 utility cars, 50 stores and 10,000 bags of onion, among other valuables belonging to their members, were destroyed. In Shasa, Oyo State, he said 27 lives, five trailers, 5,600 bag of Onions, 12 utility vehicles and other valuables were lost.
“After full deliberation by the executive members of this association and the failure of government to respond to our cry, we resolved…that we are shutting down the supply of onions to the entire South by Monday, June 7, 2021, unless all our demands are met”
He further added that their demand remain only that federal government should find all means to compensate its member who incurred losses during ethnic religious crises in the Southern Nigeria