Hunger: NCS Commence Sale Of Seized Bags Of Rice

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As part of the Federal government’s effort to ameliorate the excess hunger in the country, the Nigeria Customs Service has begun the sale of bags of rice seized from smugglers.

The process commenced on Thursday, February 22. The bags are wrapped in 25kg sacks and are being sold at N10,000 each. The authorities demand that each buyer must provide their National Identification Numbers NIN to ensure that only Nigerians benefit from the process.

Recall that the agency on Wednesday announcedplans to begin the sale of the seized bags of rice.

Custom To Distribute Food Items Nationwide
Wale Adeniyi, comptroller-general of customs, confirmed on Thursday the flag-off of the exercise in Lagos state.

Adeniyi said the federal government has approved the distribution of the items to ameliorate the economic hardship in the country.

He said over 50 trucks of food items were confiscated by the service and are now being held at the area command of the NCS.

“Our target include artisans, teachers, religious organisations and other Nigerians within the area of customs operations, including the border areas,” Adeniyi said

“The intention of this distribution is to reach out directly to members of organisations that have structures, to ensure the maximum impact of the exercise.

“The effort of the distribution is to ensure robust security protocol throughout the process as officers will closely monitor the entire supply chain to prevent any misuse or possible diversion of food items.

“We collaborate with other sister agencies of government, while customs is the lead agency because the food items are with us.

“Among us here are the police, DSS, and tomorrow we are going to have full department of all the sister organisations for proper monitoring.”

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