The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, has approved the release of 46,000 metric tons of rice, 36,495 kegs of vegetables oil, and other items, valued at N3.2 billion, for distribution among Nigerians.
The Customs’ Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, made this known in a statement in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Attah said that the relief items are to boost the Federal Government’s continuous efforts to alleviate sufferings associated with the painful but necessary ongoing lockdown in some parts of the country.
He disclosed that the items approved to be released are 46,000 metric tons or about 158 trailers of rice, 36,495 kegs of vegetable oil of 30 trucks, and 3,428 kegs of palm oil.
He listed others as 136,705 cartons of tomato paste, 2,951 cartons of spaghetti, 1,253 packets of noodles, 828 bales of wrappers, and 2,300 rolls of lace fabric.
Attah added that only edible items certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for human consumption, would be released to the public.
“As a responsible Agency of the government, Customs appreciates the opportunity of contributing its quota to the Federal Government’s continuous efforts to provide relief for Nigerians in this difficult time.
“NCS remains committed to strictly adhering to all extant laws governing seized and overtime cargoes”, he stated.