April 16, 2024

Maritime Today Online

latest news and events in maritime and shipping

Customs flags off sale of seized food items to Nigerians

.…25kg bag of rice to sell for N10,000

The Nigeria Customs Service has commenced sale of seized food items to vulnerable Nigerians.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, who flagged off the exercise at the Customs Zone ‘A’ headquarters, Harvey road, Yaba in Lagos on Thursday said the initiative is aimed at ensuring the availability of essential food items while easing pressure on the naira.

Addressing a press conference, Adeniyi outlined the criteria for Nigerians to benefit from the program.

According to him, individuals with a verifiable National Identification Number (NIN) are eligible to purchase a 25kg bag of rice for N10,000 adding that the sale will take place at all customs formations where seized items are available from Friday, February 23.

Customs flags off sale of seized food items to Nigerians

He said, “We are here to shed light on the commitment of the NCS in protecting our society by ensuring the availability of essential food items.”

Adeniyi highlighted the challenges facing the economy, including insecurity and exchange rate issues, which have contributed to a trend of food items moving out of the country, thereby impacting domestic availability and raising prices.

“In recent months, the government has been addressing the challenges faced within our economy, particularly the lagged effects of insecurity and the current exchange rate issues. These challenges have exacerbated concerns about food security, leading to a concerning trend where food items are moving out massively to neighbouring countries.

“Some of the items include: Over 20,000 bags of assorted grains (Rice, beans, Maize, Guinea corn, millet, Soya beans, 2500 cartons and 963 bags of dried fish.

“Others include, dried pepper, tomatoes, cooking oil, Maggi, Macaroni, salt, sugar, garri.

“This trend is not sustainable as it puts pressure on our productive capacity and threatens our food security,” he said.

To counteract this trend and safeguard national food security, Adeniyi said the NCS has remained responsive in carrying out its mandate to protect the nation’s borders from the inflow and outflow of restricted goods.

“One concerning trend noticed is the outflow of food items in huge quantities, posing a threat to our food security. It should be noted that the condition for the export of any item is only met upon fulfilling sufficiency internally. In this regard,food items deemed not to fulfil these conditions are showing up in our interceptions made at the borders, “he said.

Adeniyi said as part of ongoing commitment to safeguarding the food security of Nigerians, the NCS has secured government approval to dispose of these items to needy Nigerians at discounted prices.

He explained that the distribution will target specific groups, including artisans, teachers, nurses, religious bodies, and others within the NCS operational areas.

Adeniyi emphasized the importance of reaching out directly to beneficiaries through organized structures to maximize the program’s impact.

To ensure the integrity of the initiative, he said the NCS has put in comprehensive security measures.

The Customs CG assured that officers would closely monitor the supply chain to prevent 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 said.

Emphasizing the non-resale aspect of the items, Adeniyi urged Nigerians to report any misuse or unauthorized resale.

“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 said.

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com
Enable Notifications OK Not now