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  • Updated: February 20, 2024

Hardship: Custom to distribute seized rice, palm oil 

Hardship: Custom to distribute seized rice, palm oil 

In a bid to cushion the effect of hunger and ensure a reduction of soaring prices of food items in the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Tuesday, has announced plans to dispose forfeited food items to  Nigerians.

The contrabands seized by officers of the Service and forfeited by the court to the federal government include rice, groundnut oil, noodles, among other commodities.

A press statement by NCS National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the decision was in response to the current critical challenges of the soaring costs of essential food items in the country.

Maiwada said the items will be certified fit for consumption by relevant agencies and made available to ordinary Nigerians through equitable distribution in Customs’ Areas of Operations nationwide.

Maiwada further stated that the modalities for the disposal of the commodities will be communicated nationwide through NCS formations, with a firm commitment to transparency, fairness, and public safety.

He said, “In response to the critical challenges of food security and the soaring costs of essential food items in Nigeria, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, reaffirmed his commitment to advancing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s food security agenda. This commitment is deeply rooted in the NCS’s core mandate of serving the best interests of the Nigerian people, thereby fostering economic stability and prosperity.

“Furthermore, to alleviate the hardships faced by Nigerians and improve access to essential food items, the Nigeria Customs Service will facilitate the direct disposal of food items forfeited to the Federal Government. These items will be certified fit for consumption by relevant agencies and made available to ordinary Nigerians nationwide through equitable distribution in our Areas of Operations (AoO).”

The Customs spokesman further stated that the exercise will be managed diligently to ensure that the benefits reach those mostly in need in the country.

“The modalities for the disposal will be communicated through NCS formations nationwide, with a firm commitment to transparency, fairness, and public safety. It is our pledge that this exercise will be managed diligently to ensure that the benefits reach those most in need.

“The NCS remains resolute in its dedication to safeguarding the nation’s food security and advancing the economic well-being of all Nigerians. With the unwavering support and cooperation of the public, we will surmount these challenges and pave the way for a more prosperous future for our beloved nation,” the Customs spokesman added

 

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