Customs pledges to accelerate war against smuggling of Nigeria’s grains

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has declared its determination to intensify efforts to curb the danger of illegal exportation of Nigeria’s grains to other African countries, to ensure adequate food security for citizens.

The Zonal Coordinator, Zone B of the service, Ify Ogbudu, made this disclosure when she paid a courtesy call to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, in his palace.

She pledged the service’s support in ensuring the 42,000 metric tons of grains approved for distribution by the Federal Government reached those in need as directed.

Ogbudu sought the support of the emir over the critical roles of the Customs in fasttracking government’s commitment to poverty alleviation and food security.

Speaking earlier, the emir expressed appreciation for the service’s efforts in safeguarding the country’s economic integrity, in spite of numerous challenges.

He charged Customs officers to maintain diligence in their service to the nation and advised them to exhibit compassion towards the local traders who might act based on ignorance.

He stressed the importance of enlightenment and community engagement in curbing breaches, pledging the emirate’s support in facilitating legitimate trade.

The emir applauded the progress in reducing disputes between traders and customs officials through stakeholders engagements.

He also expressed appreciation for the ongoing enlightenment initiatives to support local traders and businessmen in pursuing lawful trade.