An unexpectedly large turnout at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the proposed Moringa value chain forced Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Adeniyi Adebayo to cancel the exercise.
Cancellation became necessary because the venue was too small for the crowd and it was impossible to maintain the safe social distancing COVID-19 security protocol.
The meeting was called to set up a drafting committee for the constitution of a proposal for a national association of producers, processors and traders of Moringa of Nigeria to bring together all associations related to Moringa.
Announcing the decision to cancel the meeting, the deputy director of commodities at the ministry, Kaura Irimiya, said she was not considering the type of attendance she witnessed, otherwise a larger room would have been set up.
He said the minister sent an observer to the meeting and requested that the meeting be canceled due to non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
âWe hadn’t anticipated the large turnout and due to COVID-19 security protocols none of us are safe here.
âThe minister sent people to come and observe the meeting and they asked me to tell you that this meeting cannot continue.
âWe’ll invite you later, but we’ll do it by zonal representation,â Irimiya told attendees.
After the cancellation, the president of the Eden Moringa Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, Michael Ashimashigha, said he was in favor for security reasons.
He said the Moringa Association had become necessary to look at what the farmers were producing and to make sure it got carried away.
âWhat happened here is that it got to a point that the meeting had to be postponed due to a lack of coordination.
âWe have people who have been invited from all over the country to set up a committee that will draft a constitution for the association.
âWhen you write the statutes of an association, you have to have the stakeholders; those who have registered companies and registered associations.
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âThere will be those who will have the product, not just middlemen or whatever type of people chosen on the street,â he noted.
Mr Ashimashigha said the ministry was right to cancel the meeting because the room was too small to accommodate the number of people coming for the meeting.
âEden Moringa Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, for example, has 36 state coordinators, six zone coordinators, just like other groups have their coordinators.
âWith the number of people in the room and regarding the Covid-19 protocol, this meeting cannot be held. It’s good that the government canceled the meeting, we are happy about it, ” he said.
Moringa leaves are consumed for their supposed medicinal properties in the treatment of arthritis and other joint pain, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, and diarrhea.
Consumers also believe that Moringa is effective in the treatment of seizures, upset stomach, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, stones. renal and menopause symptoms. (NAA)
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