The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on the Nigeria Customs Service to revisit its policy on the ban on importation of rice through the land borders.
The Sultan stated this in his palace recently while receiving the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd).
According to him, the policy has brought untold hardship to the Nigerian masses while aggravating the scarcity of food in the country.
“This policy should be revisited with a view to making amends and ameliorating the suffering of Nigerians.
“There is no food in the country; so, there is the need for the borders to be reopened for rice importation through land borders,” he said.
He told the visitors the complaints he has been receiving since the ban on importation of rice through the border posts.
In his remarks, the Customs chief solicited the support of the Sultanate Council in ensuring the success of the fight against smuggling. He promised to brainstorm with his management team on the monarch’s request and present same to the federal government, even as he explained that “this is a policy of the federal government and it does not start and stop on my table. But I will present it to the government”.
In another development, the CGC has sensitized Nigerian youths on the dangers of smuggling prohibited items through the border posts. The CGC stressed this while lecturing students of Government Science Secondary School, Gwadabawa, Sokoto State during a class session. He dwelt on the topic: International Trade and Balance of Payment.
He also taught them the differences between international and domestic trade.
His words: "As young Nigerians who live in the borders, it is important that you all develop and cultivate patriotic spirits and support Nigeria Customs Service by growing to be good ambassadors".
The local government area is a major route for goods coming into the country through Ilela border in Sokoto State.