The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (OPMAN) has threatened to cut off supply to southern Nigeria beginning from today, Monday, June 7, if the Federal government fails to respond to its demands.
OPMAN’s President, Aliyu Isa, while addressing journalists after the meeting of the association in Sokoto during the weekend, disclosed that their members lost onions and property reportedly worth N4.5 billion in several attacks in southern Nigeria.
Isa revealed that during the Aba crisis in Abia State, three members were killed 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 members were lost, while five trailers, 5,600 bag of Onions, 12 utility vehicles and other valuables were again 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”
Isah said that one of the demand of OPMAN is that adequate compensation must be given to members who had suffered losses as a result of ethno-religious crises in the South.