• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

In an effort to address the challenges of food scarcity and ensure equitable distribution, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, has called upon Dawanau International Grains Marketers to refrain from engaging in illegal export and hoarding practices.

During his visit to the Dawanau market in Kano on Friday, March 8, 2024, CGC Adeniyi stressed the importance of vigilance against hoarding, citing the severity of the ongoing food scarcity crisis. He asserted, “While we remain confident that you will abide by the rules, we will deploy intelligence to ascertain the level of compliance.”

The directive, according to CGC Adeniyi, aligns with the government’s commitment to addressing the effects of food shortages and ensuring fair distribution of resources during the current national crisis. He emphasized that the President had directed the full implementation of the Act to prevent the illegal exportation of essential food items when they are urgently needed within the country.

Adeniyi urged Dawanau grains dealers to collaborate with the government by complying with the ban on the exportation of certain grains, including beans, rice, and millet. He assured them that the Nigeria Customs Service would work closely with stakeholders to enforce these regulations effectively.

The President of the Dawanau Market Development Association, Muttaka Isah, addressed challenges faced by the association, denying allegations of hoarding and explaining that grains are stored temporarily for operational convenience and quality protection.

Responding to these concerns, CGC Adeniyi pledged collaboration with agencies such as the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the Central Bank of Nigeria to resolve existing issues. He emphasized the need for a collaborative approach to streamline import processes and ensure a smooth flow of essential commodities.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dawanau Development Association, Abdullahi Maidoya, expressed appreciation for CGC Adeniyi’s initiative and commitment to fostering a conducive business environment. He acknowledged the significance of efforts to alleviate challenges faced by traders within the market.

In a separate development, the Comptroller-General conducted a comprehensive inspection visit to the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport and bonded terminals under the jurisdiction of NCS Kano/Jigawa Area Command, demonstrating the service’s commitment to effective oversight across various points of operation.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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