Why we’re yet to release 110 trucks of seized rice, by Customs
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Sunday said it does not warehouse all the seized bags of rice at the same location.
Spokesman Joseph Attah told our Abuja correspondent on the phone that the bags of rice were warehoused at Customs commands.
He said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, could only access 40 of the 150 trucks that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the NCS to release to her as COVID-19 palliatives,
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According to him, the bags of rice are also subject to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) test and certification before their release for onward distribution and consumption.
Attah said the minister must have made her comments perhaps after being to just one of the so many Customs warehouses.
The spokesman, however, said the minister was also quoted out context.
He said: “We are to give 158 trucks and these 158 are not in one position. This is because seizures are made from different commands.”
He said since the minister and the NCS are partners in the amelioration of Nigerians’ pains, especially at this period, she has since continued to collect the items from the different locations after then.
Attah, who could not readily give the figure of the total trucks collected so far, described the exercise as a continuous one.
He noted that it would have been impossible or too difficult to even pack the entire trucks of rice in a day.
Buttressing the essence of cooperation between the minister and the NCS, he said: “On Friday, we were together talking about Katsina. But it is just that the first place she went to was Ikeja when she spoke.”
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