The Presidency has warned states and law enforcement officials against frustrating seamless movement of essential goods and services. .
The warning is contained in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The statement says the warning is imperative, giving the reported cases of a large number of trucks laden with food items being delayed at various checkpoints across the country.
It recalls President Buhari’s recent broadcast directing that the restrictions of movement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply to vehicles transporting essential commodities, such as food.
It warns that the country cannot afford a situation where agricultural products are being left to rot in trucks held at various checkpoints, when millions of Nigerians across the country need food.
The statement reiterates that the other essential items that can be transported despite the ban on movement as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) include: pharmaceutical and sanitary supplies, personal care items, agrochemicals and agricultural machinery, electrical products and electronics, oil and gas, courier services, health supplies and protective garments.
It also says vehicles transporting essential items must not convey commercial passengers, adding that the occupants must not exceed three, being the driver, spare driver, and conductor.
It says the drivers must have basic protective and sanitary items, including face masks, hand sanitisers, and tissue paper to and from their destinations.
Once these conditions are met, the statement says they must be allowed to travel freely to and from any part of Nigeria.