THE Joint Technical Task Team (JTTT) has urged security operatives on Abia State borders not to hinder the movement of vehicles transporting livestock, food stuff, agricultural produce into or out of the state.
The Federal Government-sponsored JTTT was inaugurated on May 12, 2020 by the Chairman of State chapter, Janet Agbede, who made the call on Monday.
During an exercise to monitor activities of security operatives at the Onuimo and Owerrinta border posts between Abia and Imo states, Agbede, who is also the State Commissioner of Police, said, “you don’t delay vehicles with agricultural products like livestock or foods stuff, allow them to move on.”
The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Operations in the State Police Command, Mr Philip Adejo, who represented the CP, however said that they should not pass “a vehicle that is carrying livestock or agricultural products while carrying unnecessary passengers.
“You can arrest them, because the agricultural produce may be with a view to conceal such people and illegally carry them to other states, in contravention of the ban on inter-state movements.
“The only inter-state movement allowed now is movement of foods, agric products and livestock. But once it is agric products, you should allow them passage without delay,” Agbede told Naval Personnel at Owerrinta and the Police at Imo River border posts.
The CP explained that the JTTT, which is domiciled in every state is to facilitate easy movement of essential goods across state borders to ensure food security during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
She noted that the Federal Government charged the JTTT to “work with relevant agencies in the states and local government areas to open a window that will facilitate unhindered movement of food stuffs and livestock without compromising security and health of the nation.
“They will liaise with security personnel in the Police, Civil Defence and the Army on the need to allow unrestricted movement of vehicles ferrying essential materials to all parts of Nigeria.”
In carrying out their operations, they require the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to educate its members on ensuring that only vehicles conveying foodstuff and livestock are allowed to pass and that such vehicles will be allowed to pass if they carry more passengers than they should.