The Comptroller -General of Customs , Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has ordered the immediate lifting of the ban on rice importation from import restriction list and the re -introduction of import duty payment at land borders . Public Relations Officer of customs, Wale Adeniyi announced this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja today .
“ Over the years importation has been restricted to the seaports because border authorities have found it difficult to effectively| monitor and control importation of rice. When the decision to ban it rice was taken , it was not an effective measure because smuggling of the product thrives with people using different means of conveyance including small trucks , bicycles and even animals putting them on donkeys and some actually carry it on their heads . These new measures will be for customs to re-organize their anti -smuggling operations in the border areas and ensure that all those importers through the borders bring their rice through approved routes and pay their extant duty”he said