The Association of Onions Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (OPMAN), has threatened to stop the supply of onions to the entire Southern part of Nigeria, unless certain conditions are met.
The Association disclosed that about N4.5 billion (€9 mln) worth of onions and properties were destroyed by thugs across the Southern States in the last few months. Also, lives of Association members were lost, without any compensation. The National President of the association, Alhaji Aliyu Isa, disclosed this while addressing the press after the emergency meeting of the association held in his office in Sokoto.
He called on State Governors to urgently collaborate with the federal government to set up a committee to look into the root causes of the numerous attacks on members of the association, or face total consequences.
Tribuneonlineng.com quoted him as saying: “After full deliberation by the executive of members of this association and the failure of government to respond to our cry, we have thereby reached these decisions. We are calling on the state and federal government to restore law and order in the state. We also called on the good people of the Southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace, as we are only their for our lawful businesses. We also called on state government to collaborate with federal government to set up a committee to investigate the incident that leads to the loss of lives and properties of our members.”
He however said if the government failed to adhere to the demands of the association, “we are shutting down the supply of Onions to the entire South by Monday, June 7, 2021."