.FG urged to inaugurate committee on rice importation

Alhaji Tajudeen Adetayo, Chairman, Freight Forwarders Association Badagry (FFAB),  on Saturday urged the Federal Government to inaugurate a committee to brainstorm on the issue of rice importation.

He called for a reversal of the policy banning rice importation through the border posts. Truhealthonline reports that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in October 2015 lifted the ban on rice importation through the borders but the service made a reversal of the policy in March 2016, due to heavy smuggling of the commodity.

The freight forwarder suggested that government should allow duty payment on rice through the border posts to generate more revenue. He recalled that the Ogun Command of the Customs Service generated over N1 billion within the short period the ban on rice through the border posts was lifted. Adetayo said that some people would continue to smuggle as long as government restricted rice importation through the border posts.

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