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Customs Obtains Government Approval, Set To Sell Seized Food Items To Vulnerable Nigerians At Discounted Rate



The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi has announced that the agency has secured approval from the government to sell seized food items to needy Nigerians at discounted prices after satisfying the verification process of presenting the National Identification Number (NIN).

Speaking at the flag-off of the rice disbursement program in Lagos on Thursday, Adeniyi emphasized that the distribution of rice would be targeted at areas of customs operations to ensure direct access to beneficiaries.

He expressed commitment to align with President Bola Tinubu-led administration’s plans to tackle the pressing issue of food insecurity by ensuring the availability of essential food items to Nigerians.

Stressing the importance of transparency and accountability in the distribution process, the CGC urged Nigerians participating in the exercise to refrain from selling the rice in markets or hoarding it for purposes other than domestic consumption.


He said “The target groups include artisans, teachers, nurses, religious bodies, and other Nigerians within our operational areas. The intention is to reach out directly to members through these organized structures to ensure the maximum impact of this exercise.

“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.” the CGC said.

Chioma Kalu


Source link: Arise News/

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