Hardship: Customs kickstarts rice disbursement programme

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CThe Nigeria Customs Service has kickstarted rice disbursement as part of effort to support the President Bola Tinubu-led administration’s plans to tackle the pressing food insecurity by ensuring the availability of essential food items to Nigerians.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Wale Adeniyi, while speaking at the commissioning of the rice disbursement program in Lagos, Adeniyi said distribution would be targeted at areas of customs operations, ensuring direct access to beneficiaries.

He called for transparency and accountability in the distribution process, urging Nigerians participating in the exercise to refrain from selling the rice in markets or hoarding it for purposes other than domestic consumption.

The customs boss disclosed that the service had secured approval from the Federal Government, to dispose of the seized food items to needy Nigerians at discounted prices after satisfying the verification process of presenting the National Identification Number (NIN).

“The target groups include artisans, teachers, nurses, religious bodies, and other Nigerians within our operational areas.

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“The intention is to reach out directly to members through these organised 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,”he said.

Adeniyi called on Nigerians to report incidents of misuse or unauthorised resale of the seized food items.











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