Desist From Eating Imported Rice, They're Poisonous- CUSTOM Comptroller General

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has
requested that Nigerians quit eating imported foreign rice taking note of that they are poisonous to human's health.

Talking at a news meeting released by the ministry of finance, the Customs Boss said that the Federal Government is yet to issue permit for importation of rice and that any rice seen in the city that was not delivered in Nigeria is smuggled.

Desist From Eating  Imported Foreign Rice, They're Poisonous CUSTOM  Comptroller General

He said that imported rice is poisonous because before coming into the country, it must have spent a minimum of five years in the silos.

“A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness and that chemical is harmful.

“Also, it has been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume here which causes diseases.

“So, I appeal to Nigerians to please patronise our own rice, it is available, more nutritious and if you do that you will assist customs by making sure these people (smugglers) are put out of business.”

Ali said that rice importation was one of the biggest challenges the agency was encountering, adding that it still happens because Nigerians consume imported rice.

He added that if Nigerians stop buying the imported rice, smugglers will go out of business and there will be no need to bring it in.

“We always ask for assistance from Nigerians to apprehend these smugglers, but up till now, there is no private citizen that has walked up to us to give us information, the only people giving us information are the rice millers.”


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