Nigeria: NEC Warns of Poisoned Chickens, Fish Imports

The National Economic Council has raised the alarm over importation of some food items, especially frozen chickens and fish preserved with dangerous chemicals. NEC, at a meeting held inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday, urged the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to look into this matter. Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha stated this while addressing State House correspondents after the meeting which was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. “We realised that some of the frozen chickens and fish imported into this country are being preserved with very dangerous chemicals. So, we are of the opinion that this area should be looked into,” Okorocha said. The governor said the council also resolved that agriculture continue to take “the centre stage” for the country to get out of the current economic recession. Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, told the council that government was meeting targets on rice production but that high importation was threatening farmers’ production capacity. The NEC approved the engagement of independent professional revenue consultants to increase the contribution of the solid minerals sector to the Federal Government revenue, with the condition that the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development should negotiate a threshold with the consultants on professional consultation fees.

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