On the news of the reversed ban on rice importation, Nigerians expressed their joy. Persons who spoke to newsmen yesterday, expressed their relief on the alleged reports of reversed ban on rice importation.
A rice dealer who spoke to the newsmen said, ‘We are very happy with the news, but they should not only open the border for rice importation, they should also review the duties downwards because if they don’t, the price of rice will still be high. Anything that will reduce the price is what we want.’
However, in a statement by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Wale Adeniyi on Sunday in Abuja, he said the reports on the reversed ban were attributed to a press interview granted in October 2015 by the service PRO, which seems to have resurfaced this weekend, with all indications pointed to the antics of some powerful forces behind rice smuggling, who are recycling old reports under a different circumstance to create confusion.
‘We would like to reiterate the position that importation of rice remains banned through our land borders and we have the committment of partner government agencies and stakeholders to enforce this restriction.
While this restriction is in force, rice imports through the ports are still allowed, subject to payment of extant charges.
The service will therefore advocate a total ban on rice importation into Nigeria with effect from 2017.’ he says.
Written by Okolo Ezinne
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