Customs set to distribute confiscated food items nationwide


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced its readiness to distribute confiscated food products to alleviate the current hardships faced by Nigerians. 

The NCS clarified that the distribution will occur after each food item undergoes certification to ensure its suitability for human consumption.

Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, revealed plans on Tuesday for the agency to donate confiscated food items to Nigerians in response to the serious problems of food security and the skyrocketing prices of basic food items in the country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, the service’s national public relations representative, stated that the Comptroller General is reiterating his commitment to furthering President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s food security agenda with this move.

He claims that the dedication is firmly ingrained in the Service’s primary mission to serve the Nigerian people’s best interests, consequently promoting stability and prosperity in the country’s economy.

He said: “Furthermore, to alleviate the hardships faced by Nigerians and improve access to essential food items, the Nigeria Customs Service will facilitate the direct disposal of food items forfeited to the Federal Government. These items will be certified fit for consumption by relevant agencies and made available to ordinary Nigerians nationwide through equitable distribution in our Areas of Operations.

“The modalities for the disposal will be communicated through NCS formations nationwide, with a firm commitment to transparency, fairness, and public safety. It is our pledge that this exercise will be managed diligently to ensure that the benefits reach those most in need.

“The NCS remains resolute in its dedication to safeguarding the nation’s food security and advancing the economic well-being of all Nigerians. With the unwavering support and cooperation of the public, we will surmount these challenges and pave the way for a more prosperous future for our beloved nation.”

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