Bearly six months after the Controller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali said that what Nigerians are consuming as imported rice is called “Posion” most of them are expired, they are only rebag on the high sea after spending so many months so as to look presentable.
Many Nigerians thought it was just a political statement as usual, but the CG of Customs was in Lagos on the 29th October 2019 at Tincan Island Apapa to show to the general public that some greedy importers who before now has been using Nigeria as a dumping ground, thought it would be business as usual, still wen ahead to import 54 containers of expired rice just because they are desperate.
Undermine the power of the of Customs making use of some selected and greedy clearing agent.
But luck how ever ran out on them as the 54 fully loaded containers were sized at Tincan port. The CG has disclosed that following the closure of the land borders, he gave a specific directive to all the seaport commands to increase their surveillance, and that many of the illicit consignments, which have been blocked from entering the country through the land borders, would start coming through the seaports.
According to him “Specifically, we are aware that the partial closure of the land borders has resulted in the diversion of some goods to our seaports. While we welcome this development, which no doubt will boost our revenue collection, improve our trade facts and figures and sustain our diversification efforts”.
Still speaking “we have also recorded a number of seizures of unwholesome products, which otherwise would have been smuggled through the borders. “Realising that there may be possible backlash to the closure of the borders,
Before now the CG said” I have directed all seaport and airport commands to beef up surveillance and intercept any illicit and prohibited consignment for which attempt for their smuggling may be made through these entry points.”
Stressing that, this decision was made considering that those consignments may have been paid for and the importers will devise entry means to ensure they are delivered to their warehouses in Nigeria.”
The CG while lamenting on the health implications of eating expired rice however said that “One significant finding about this seizure is that all the rice is expired or about to expire consuming them is dengerous”.
Still on health issues and the CG Also disclose that the seizure of tramadol variants and unregistered performance enhancing drugs among the pharmaceuticals.
More so that He could recall in the past, The service has highlighted the dangers of the use of tramadol and had similarly seized and kick-start the destruction of over N14billion worth of tramadol recently”
While applauding the Tin Can Island Command on its high revenue stream which sky rocketed to N86.74Billion in the month of January 2019 and the entire command for not compromising.