FG Reaffirmed the Ban on Rice Importation as it Reopens Illela Border in Sokoto State
The Federal Government had on Tuesday reaffirmed the ban on rice importation into the country.
The Comptroller, Nigerian Customs Service, Mr Abdulhamid Ma’aji, in charge of Sokoto and Zamfara, reaffirmed this at the reopening of Illela Border in Sokoto State, as importers and exporters in Sokoto got excited at the reopening of the Illela border.
Illela border was reopened by dignitaries from Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Ma’aji said that the border reopening was being monitored to ensure sanity that the border closure was in the interest of Nigerians.
The comptroller noted that many instruments used by criminals were brought into the country through land borders and said that efforts were being made to curb it.
He appealed to Nigerians to show understanding and support for government policies and appealed to traders to adhere to business regulations and safety guidelines, that Government organs can achieve maximum success with much support from members of the public and stakeholders that play important roles.
Ma’aji urged importers and exporters to ensure strict compliance with the regulations.
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Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, an exporter said that during the border closure, exporters complied with government directives in spite hardship that they would abide by the regulations governing border reopening.
Alhaji Aminu Dan’iya, Chairman of the Association of Registered Licenced Clearing Agents, said that no fewer than 35 firms registered at Illela point and would comply with all government regulations.