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FG approves ₦1.1bn for Anti-Rice Smuggling Vehicles

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FG approves ₦1.1bn for Anti-Rice Smuggling Vehicles - BellaNaija

The Federal Government has approved ₦1.12 billion for the purchase of 50 operational “anti-rice smuggling” vehicles to check the persistent smuggling of rice into the country, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun has disclosed

The minister spoke to State House correspondents alongside Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, and the Minister of Mines and Steel Development Kayode Fayemi, on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Adeosun stated that the procurement of the operational vehicles, which would be deployed to the anti-rice smuggling Task Force, was also meant to stop custom officials from invading markets to seize smuggled rice and harassing traders.

“The second approval was for the purchase of 50 vehicles and they are going to be deployed for an anti-rice smuggling Task Force that is being put together which Customs will be leading.

“As you know, our efforts to become major rice producers had resulted to the revival of local rice growers. But what we found was although that there was 90 per cent reduction in the official import of rice, smuggling has increased and of course our borders are very porous.

“We believe that to protect our farmers and to protect the investments that the people had made and gone back to the farm government must really act to stem the tide of illegal rice importation via smuggling.

“We felt that it is important we don’t want Customs going to seize rice in the markets. Customs should actually act to stop rice coming in at the border posts and Customs indicated that they need additional vehicles, additional resources as well as of course other more information-driven strategies to stop it,’’ she said.

According to her, the multi-agency task force on anti-rice smuggling which has been in operation since July 2017 had been gathering information on how to check smuggling of rice into the country.

Watch her speak below:

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8 Comments

  1. BOSS

    February 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    RICE smuggling VEHICLES – N1.1bn. N4.9 billion earmarked for electrical maintenance in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari we hail thee. 2019 pls. come quick. My PVC is sitting pretty.

    • mua

      February 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      What happened to investing that same amount in the production of more rice so as reduce the price and make smuggling less attractive. Oh Nigeria, we hail thee! Our PVCs are indeed sitting pretty and we just cant wait.

  2. Kumaya Ibrahim

    February 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    ₦1.1bn for Anti-Rice Smuggling Vehicles!!! what happened to the existing patrol vehicle belonging to all the Agencies involved already? This government just likes to waste money that should have being used for developing the infrastructures in this country for frivolous stuff…

  3. nana

    February 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    ah! Olorun! Nigerians are their own worst enemies….Do we even have brains to visualize into the future? even monkeys are better than us so rather than spending more money in agriculture research to increase the out put of our local rice so that our local farmers can meet the market demand which will in turn discourage foreign smuggled cheap rice because our own rice will be better & cheaper, we want to throw away N1.1bn of which half of that will line the politician & ministers briefcases before it reaches the car dealers account for cheap shiny cars that would look like junk cars in 6 months time despite not ‘stemming’ the tide of rice smuggling. This solution is the type of solution a 3 year old would proffer and not what educated adults in leadership positions should announce. the developed economies already look at black Africans like monkeys now they would truly see Nigerians us as less than human with very poor faculties that easily forget and can be manipulated…argh! we deserve divine punishment!

  4. Somto

    February 1, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    IF YOU PEOPLE INVEST THAT N1.1BN IN RICE FARMING THEN THERE WOULD BE NO RICE SMUGGLING LET ALONE SINKING THAT AMOUT OF MONEY ON BUYING ANTI RICE SMUGGLING VEHICLES. BLOODY THIEFS

  5. Pepi

    February 2, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Misplaced Priorities!!!!!!!

  6. Olanrewaju taju

    February 2, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Rice import should be banned outrightly and more incentives should be given to rice farmers and investors in the value chain for mass production.

  7. Uzochukwu

    February 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Chai, why are we like this. The best way of stopping a product from being imported is it not making sure we have its kind enough or more produced internally? Instead of investing this huge amount of money to produce food for people, our leaders invest to stop food from coming in. They use our money to import ,also use our money to fight the importation, what an irony; our big men!

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