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  • Updated: March 04, 2024

Economic hardship: Customs to resume distribution of seized rice, other food items

Economic hardship: Customs to resume distribution of seized

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Ogun Command, has announced preparations to start another round of distributing seized rice and other food products to locals.

Ben Oramalugo, Area Controller of Oyo/Osun Command, stated this on Sunday while interacting with reporters at the command headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State's capital.

Allnews.ng had reported that on the directive of the Federal Government, NCS began distributing seized food goods to Nigerians to alleviate the country's current suffering.

However, the rice auction was halted due to a sad occurrence in Lagos, in which dozens of people perished while attempting to force their way into the location.

Speaking about new plans to distribute food products, Oramalugo stated that the action is intended to alleviate the hardship that Nigerians are experiencing as food prices skyrocket and the cost of life rises.

He also stated that the Service will begin another round of distribution as soon as the Federal Government finalises the exercise's protocols to avoid a repeat of the unfortunate tragedy that occurred in Lagos a few weeks ago.

He stated that the distribution of the seized items would go a long way in alleviating the hardship faced by many families and that they are committed to ensuring that the seized rice is distributed fairly and transparently, with eligible beneficiaries carefully screened and verified before they receive the items.

He said: “Once the necessary modalities are in place, the distribution of seized rice will begin. We will provide regular updates to the public on the progress of the distribution.

“In the meantime, we would like to remind everyone that smuggling is illegal and that those who engage in it are subject to serious penalties.

"We urge everyone to support the government’s efforts to crack down on smuggling and ensure that only legal goods are brought into the country."

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