By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
The Chairman of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Umar Abdulwahab, has been appointed member of the Federal Government’s Joint Technical Task Team, JTTT, on Emergency Response to COVID-19.
The Committee is saddled with the coordination and addressing challenges in the movement of food and agricultural inputs in the country.
The JTTT was launched by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammed Sabo Nanono, in collaboration with his counterpart in the Ministries of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs, pursuant to the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari during his last nationwide broadcast.
Recall that the President had directed the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to set up a task force to ensure minimal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on year 2020 farming season.
The Team, according to a statement by the Kwara NUJ, which is expected to facilitate free and unhindered movement of food and agricultural inputs across the length and breadth of the country without compromising the security and health of the nation, has as terms of reference, working with relevant agencies in the states and local governments to develop a window that would facilitate free and unhindered movement of foods; movement of livestock and agricultural inputs throughout the country without compromising the security and health of the nation, among others.