Abuja - The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, on Tuesday denied granting duty waivers or recommending exceptions for rice importers, as had been speculated in some quarters, Punch reports.
Adesina, who appeared before an ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives in Abuja, told lawmakers that some importers did not only breach their quotas, they also failed to pay the duties for the excess imports.
He said the policy specified that any importer who chose to import more than its allotted quota would pay 70 per cent of duties and levies to the Federal Government.
Some of the affected importers owe the Federal Government duties in excess of N36bn.
- News 24