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Tambuwal proposes re-look at rice imports ban

14 June 2016, 12:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Nigerian Customs Service to review its policies following the ban on importation of some commodities particularly rice.

“Before we become self-sufficient in rice production, I urge you to show some flexibility in the policy,” he said.

The governor insisted the long term benefit of the policy is not in doubt since many in the country were faced with weak purchasing power.

“It is imperative that the policy is reviewed to ensure price of commodities are within the reach of the common man,” Tambuwal added.

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He nonetheless commended the Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, for instilling discipline in the service’s operations and urged him not to relent until the revenue base of the federation had increased.

Alli meanwhile acknowledged that the last year had been a difficult one for the paramilitary organisation.

From revenue target of N80 billion monthly, the organisation, he said, was now struggling to get N45billion to 50 billion every month.

“So, this is not the best of times for us but we are working to overcome our challenges,” Ali said. 

- CAJ News


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