Members of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Oyo State chapter, have lost not less than N200bn since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. This revelation was made by the state chairman of the association, Mr. Agboola Gbemisoye.
Agboola noted that the loss was incurred as a result of the closure of some businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak, but was aggravated by the hindrances on movement of livestock products, particularly day-old chicks, by security operatives saddled with the enforcement of restriction of movement by the government.
“Day-old chicks meant to be transported to other parts of the country from Oyo state are dying on the roads due to the refusal of security personnel to let them move”, he stated. He lamented that the Association has made series of complaints to appropriate authorities, but there is yet to be any change in the attitude of these security operatives who claimed the restriction order was from the Inspector General of Police. He added that, aside from the restriction of movement, another reason for the loss of revenue is egg glut, which has been the order of the day since the closure of some businesses such as hotels and restaurants. Nigerian Tribune