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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

99% of Rice smuggled into the country not fit for consumption- CG Customs

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr Hameed Ali at a joint news conference on illegal rice importation into Nigeria Tuesday in Abuja, said 99% of rice smuggled through the land borders into the country are not fit for human consumption.
He said:

“Importation of rice into the country is not banned but restricted on the point of entry to seaports only. `We remain firm in our resolve to enforce the restriction of rice imports only to our seaports. “We have re-organised our anti-smuggling patrols to provide additional capability and bite,’’
He added that samples of some of the rice seized by Customs over a period of time were referred to NAFDAC to ascertain their condition. But that test results have certified that smuggled rice through the borders was unfit for human consumption and discouraged Nigerians from buying them.

He said:
“We have seen rice conveyed in open wooden canoes across our creeks and water ways with generous amount of dirty waters splashing on them. “We have seen some mixed with other grains bags to deceive customs; some are stuffed inside any available crevice and compartments of vehicles, including the engine area. 
“The concealed rice is thereafter re-bagged half cooked and presented in our markets for sale as imported rice. 
“Bags of rice meant for Nigerians’ consumption (are) being conveyed in coffins inside make shift ambulance vehicles. “Often time, importers in the borders have to wait for months for the green light from corrupt customs officials before they gamble their ways across the borders. 
“Rice being a perishable product, lose valuable shelve life in non conductive strong conditions. “We have strong evidence linking some reputable importers to cases of re-bagging expired rice to prolong their shelve life,’’ he added.
Ali also said that those who promote economic subterfuge were seeking a re-introduction of quota system to import 1.5 million tonnes through the entry point “We will be waiting for them.”

Ali said that many state governments are investing in local production of rice and that the Federal Government, through the intervention by CBN and Bank of Industry, is also investing in the local production of rice within the country.

Ali said Kebbi State Government has so far harvested over 700,000 tonnes of rice from irrigation farming.


Source: Guardian

28 comments:

livingstone chibuike said...

Which one is den good consumption?

Ohiren's Zone said...

Whatever!.

vinna saviour said...

Y isit not fit for consumption

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hmmm

Uju Phil said...

Indeed, trying every thing to discredit rice importation, when we can't produce enough that can even feed a local government, mtew!!!

Juliet Iwuno said...

How would we know the bad ones??? Linda take note!

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ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

The stress people go through to smuggle tho! Hian!

desmond chuddy said...

Pls leave d rice alone let consume it 1st and see.miracle is capable happening da one can eat d rice and still life longer/healthy than dying in hunger and starvation in this govt.

Omotayo Damilola Joseph said...

Hmm

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Odibe Blessing said...

Pls they shld bring it like dat we will manage joor

OBI LoVe said...

Stupid people so that we will keep buying rice at 24,000 abi??? Don't worry.... this country is no body's family property it's our own...very soon all of u will leave that position... soon

Anonymous said...

Stupid man. I have never heard or seen custom destroying the so called poisonous rice. They confiscate it, store it, share it among themselves or sale it to the public. PMB is confiscating rice and he can produce any. Part of the reason rice is 23k. Stupid government full of senseless idiots.

prince tony said...

Better to eat and die than dying of hunger. Liars! Government build on liars and deception, keep deceiving ursefz.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Hian! Biko let's deal with only d fact dat dey r expensive fa


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Julius Idowu said...

Wetin be una problem sef? Consumable or not, let us have it first and decide if edible or not edible. This suffering z just too much.

loveth ugwu said...

And they will now go and sell it behind the owners thieves.

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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chacha said...

We don dey chop the rice since we no die,even the local rice(ofada)cost pass the imported rice. Please let us be with the poisonous rice mbok!

Joyous Babe Lindaikeji First Cousin said...

NAWA O,

Chizzy Liz said...

***************************egedege********nkea bu akuko ka unu na ako *******muna give us ur own wey fit for consumption ***************aside dat******muna leave alone with d unfit rice biko*********we aint complaining

OSINANL said...

MTCHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW... IS A LIE JOOR

Vivian Reginalds said...

kinda true really, they export almost due rice to us
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

BUKAS said...

OGA KEEP QUIET. ARE YOU NAFDAC OR MINISTER FOR HEALTH? IS IT YOUR JOB TO SAY THAT? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT INFO, POLITCS WILL NEVER ALLOW YOU GUYS TO SAY OR DO THE RIGHT THING.

Eze Chinyere said...

When have custom become Nafdac, to detect the rice good for consumption.

Anonymous said...

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I still feel Nigeria Unity is based on Oil...R we gonna be dis unity after Nigeria finish milking Niger delta...#BeWise

Anonymous said...

At 56..
I still feel Nigeria Unity is based on Oil...R we gonna be dis unity after Nigeria finish milking Niger delta...#BeWise

Anonymous said...

At 56..
I still feel Nigeria Unity is based on Oil...R we gonna be dis unity after Nigeria finish milking Niger delta...#BeWise

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