Customs Offers Seized Foreign Rice To Nigerians At N10, 000 Per 25kg


As part of its ongoing commitment to safeguarding the food security of
Nigerians, the Nigeria Customs Service has secured approval from the Federal Government to dispose seized foreign rice to vulnerable Nigerians at discounted price of N10,000 per 25kg starting from Friday, February 23, 2024.

Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, Comptroller-General of Customs who made this known while briefing journalists today in Lagos said the criteria for Nigerians to benefit from this initiative include having a verifiable National
Identification Number (NIN). The target groups include artisans, teachers, nurses, religious bodies, and other Nigerians within Customs operational areas.

According to him, the intention is to reach out directly to members through these organized structures to ensure
the maximum impact of this exercise.

“To ensure the security and integrity of this initiative, NCS has put in place
comprehensive measures. These measures encompass robust security protocols throughout the process. Our officers will be closely monitoring the entire supply chain to prevent any misuse or diversion of the food items. Moreover, we have established strict guidelines and eligibility criteria to ensure that the items are distributed only to those in genuine need.

“Additionally, we will be working closely with relevant agencies to ensure compliance with the terms of this
program” he stated.

Speaking further, the NCS Boss said, “it is imperative that beneficiaries of this exercise understand that the items
are not to be resold. We take a strong stance against any form of profiteering or exploitation of this initiative. We urge Nigerians to report any incidents of misuse or unauthorized resale of the seized food items.

“NCS is fully committed to
transparency and accountability in this process, and we will not hesitate to take
decisive action against any individuals or entities found to be in violation of the
terms of this program” he posited.

“NCS under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will continue to advance the nation’s goals and objectives. Aligned with the administration’s policies and aspirations for a prosperous
Nigeria, NCS is dedicated to executing its duties with excellence and efficiency.
Recognizing the significance of its responsibility to protect the society and
facilitate trade, the NCS remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding
national interests and ensuring the well-being of all Nigerians” he declared.

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