The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, has assured that the federal government is making efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 lockdown through sustainable production, transportation and distribution of essential products such as food, medical, pharmaceutical and agro-allied products throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The minister stated this in his weekly update on the performance of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) of the Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential Commodities during COVID-19 in Abuja.
He said despite initial challenges faced as a result of Interstate border closure by some state governors, the ministry was constantly engaging relevant stakeholders to ensure free-flow of essential cargo within the country and at the ports of arrival. “I am happy to announce that we have also set up a Post C-19, Industry, Trade and Investment Sustainability Committee that will review the FMITI goals and propose strategic adjustments after applying lessons learnt and recommendations from the COVID-19 outbreak. “As directed by President Muhammadu Buhari in a national broadcast and to ensure that our economy adapts to this new reality, my ministry will be collaborating with the communication and digital economy ministry, the science and technology ministry, the ministry of transportation and aviation, the ministry of interior, health, works and housing, labour and employment as well as education to jointly develop a comprehensive policy for a Nigerian economy functioning with COVID-19. This committee, as directed by Mr. President, will be supported by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and the Economic Sustainability Committee in executing its mandate,” Adebayo added.