_By Oloruntimilehin Ayomide_
The Federal Government has urged traders not to hike prices of food items and transportation as the country battles the Coronavirus global pandemic.
The Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the appeal on Thursday, at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news briefing in Abuja.
The minister said that this period was a time to give back to society while calling on Nigerians not to take the opportunity of COVID-19 to further oppress other Nigerians.
“This is a time people are giving back to society. We call on our compatriots not to take the opportunity to oppress the people,” he urged.
Mohammed also urged the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NUTRW) to ensure that the transportation cost of food items being taken to other parts of the country was not hiking.
“It was regrettable that despite being aware of the danger posed by COVID-19, the NUTRW members still flout the guidelines of the lockdown as they carried passengers above the approved number,” he said.
However, Mohammed also called on state governors to engage members of NUTRW in their states in order to salvage the situation and contain the deadly virus.
“We need to carry NUTRW along. We cannot micromanage their activities in the state from the centre,” he said.
Mohammed said that the NUTRW had the mechanism to engage their members, adding that they had been warned not to carry more than three passengers.
The minister commercial cab and private are enjoined to carry only one passenger in the front and two at the back seat.