- The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) continues to clampdown on smugglers across the country
- The Customs is specifically concerned about smuggling of foreign rice in the country
- Customs boss, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) says rice brought into the country are expired
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), has said that Nigerians have been eating expired foreign rice.
Colone Ali made the statement on Wednesday, October 30 at the Customs Service, Area 2 Onne in Rivers state.
He said those who brought such rice into the country re-bag it and sell to unsuspecting consumers but promised that the NCS will overcome the challenges.
His words: “We are consuming expired rice. When it causes cancer we begin to find who to blame.
“We must reach out to Nigerians through the press to make them know the deadly effect of what they consume.
He assured Nigerians that the Customs will do everything possible to protect the well-being and safety of all Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the federal government has rejected a plea by Vietnam that its rice should be allowed into Nigeria after the Nigerian border was closed about two months ago.
The Nigerian government, instead, urged Vietnamese investors to build rice processing mills in the country, adding that there are large arable lands and potentials in rice farming in the country.
The government of Vietnam had on Tuesday, October 29, appealed to the Nigerian government to allow its country to import rice into Nigeria.
The appeal was made on behalf of the Vietnamese government by its deputy prime minister, Vuong Dinh Hue.
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