Food scarcity: Customs to prevent unlawful exportation of vital food items

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi has reiterated the service’s commitment to advancing President Bola Tinubu’s food security agenda by preventing unlawful exportation of food items.

This is contained in a statement by the National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada in Abuja.

He said the service had launched a strategic anti-smuggling operation and public engagement in its commitment to preven unlawful exportation of vital food resources for individual economic gains.

Adeniyi said the measure had become necessary as a proactive measure to safeguard food availability and to alleviate the detrimental effects of scarcity on citizens.

He further said the service would facilitate direct disposal of food items forfeited to the Federal Government, to ordinary Nigerians nationwide through equitable distribution in our Areas of Operations.

The customs boss said the modalities for the disposal would be communicated through customs formations nationwide, with a firm commitment to transparency, fairness, and public safety.

“It is our pledge that this exercise will be managed diligently to ensure that the benefits reach those most in need,”he said.

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Adeniyi said the measure had become necessary following “the critical challenges of food security and the soaring costs of essential food items in Nigeria.”

According to him, the commitment is deeply rooted in the service’s core mandate of serving the best interests of the Nigerian people, thereby fostering economic stability and prosperity.

He said customs remained resolute in its dedication to safeguarding the nation’s food security and advancing the economic well-being of all Nigerians.

“With the unwavering support and cooperation of the public, we will surmount these challenges and pave the way for a more prosperous future for our beloved nation,” he said.



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