Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, is to collaborate with the Amagalmated Unions of Food Stuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria towards checkmating cattle rustling and food insecurity.
State Commandant Of the Corps, Oyinloye John Kayode stated this when the national leadership of the Union visited him at the Command headquarters in Lokoja.
Commandant Oyinloye said the Agro Rangers Department of the Corps is to kick start the pilot scheme in Kogi State with the Union to achieve set goals.
According to him, the Command in conjunction with the Union leadership will tackle some of the challenges by creating a pilot security post at Karara near the Naval Base in the State to check the waybills as well as receipts of payment of trucks transporting livestock and food products in and out of Kogi State.
The development he stressed would enable the Corps to check illegal movement of livestock and food produce, expired or poisonous produce and overloading of trucks to avoid accidents.
In a remark, the National Organising Secretary, Amagalmated Unions of Food Stuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, Comrade Ayuba Umar Rano said the partnership with the Corps became imperative given the need to provide food security as well as safeguard their businesses.
Comrade Rano said the pilot scheme is expected to take off also in Niger, Nasarawa and Benue States respectively for sanity in their operations.
This Secretary said the development would bring sanity to transportation of livestock and food produce across the nation and check illegal movement and activities of some of it’s members with appropriate sanctions to be meted out to offenders.
Also speaking, the Commander, of Agro Rangers in the State, Chief Superintendent Of Corps, Bayode Emmanuel said the pilot scheme among other things would combat threats to food security, and safety of duly registered cattle and food production and reduce drastically the rate of accidents involving trucks transporting livestock and food production in the Country.
He appealed to the Federal Government to support the Agro Rangers Unit of the Corps with enough combat kits and logistics to be able to perform optimally the task ahead of them.