Stop Eating Foreign Rice, They Are Poisonous – Custom Boss

 

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has asked Nigerians to stop eating foreign rice noting that they are poisonous.

Speaking at a news conference organized by the ministry of finance, the Customs Boss said that the Federal Government is yet to issue license for importation of rice and that any rice seen on the streets that was not produced in Nigeria is smuggled.

He said that imported rice is poisonous because before coming into the country, it must have spent a minimum of five years in the silos.

“A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness and that chemical is harmful.

“Also, it has been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume here which causes diseases.

“So, I appeal to Nigerians to please patronise our own rice, it is available, more nutritious and if you do that you will assist customs by making sure these people (smugglers) are put out of business.”

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Ali said that rice importation was one of the biggest challenges the agency was encountering, adding that it still happens because Nigerians consume imported rice.

He added that if Nigerians stop buying the imported rice, smugglers will go out of business and there will be no need to bring it in.

“We always ask for assistance from Nigerians to apprehend these smugglers, but up till now, there is no private citizen that has walked up to us to give us information, the only people giving us information are the rice millers.”

Nigeria Customs Seize Container Of Ready To Eat Food

Nigeria Customs Seize Container Of Ready To Eat FoodThe Nigeria Customs Service, Tincan Island Port have seized a 20ft container of “Ready To Eat” preparations like – Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, and Yam Porridge, imported from India.

This was disclosed by the Customs Area Comptroller, Bashar Yusuf, during a session with some stakeholders in his office recently.

The comptroller, who stressed that the command would continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection, in view of the exigencies of the moment, also revealed that the service has generated 25.7 billion in the month of November, 2016.

Addressing stakeholders at the premises of SDV/SCOA where he had gone to handover the seized ready-to-eat food, the comptroller described the scenario as an aberration, considering the fact that the Federal Government of Nigeria has granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of agricultural products into the country.

Speaking further, he charged would-be investors to look at the export potentials which abound in the country and take advantage of some for their socio-economic benefits.

In a related development, while briefing a group of senior officers undergoing a training programme in the command, the comptroller admonished them to see professionalism, integrity and transparency as their watchwords, while also ensuring effective leadership and supervision in their areas of official duty.

He stated categorically that the various trade facilitation tools as provided in the automation of Customs procedures would guide them in the discharge of their functions.

He also charged them to see training and re-training as a veritable tool that would sharpen their reflexes towards achieving desired results.

He also expressed appreciation with the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), for effectively re-positioning the service to the extent that despite the global recession, NCS is still working tirelessly to remain on top of their statutory mandate.

“In this era and dispensation, officers are expected to be above board with a deep sense of commitment and responsibility in the discharge of their functions”, Yusuf said.

He added that the change ideology of the comptroller general must be given priority attention and warned that failure to key into the new order would be seriously sanctioned.