This latest news on rice importation in Nigeria is welcome news for the citizens as the ban on rice has led to the high prices in the sale of rice as well as inferior rice fit for
consumption being smuggled through the borders.
Speaking further on the lift of the ban,the spokesman also stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the import duty payment at land borders has been reintroduced. According to him, the restriction used to be applied only at land border stations, adding that all rice imports through land borders by rice traders would attract the prevailing import duty of 10 per cent with 60 per cent levy. “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.
Ali has also recently warned Nigerians to desist from patronizing rice smuggled through land borders. Speaking at a joint news conference on illegal rice importation to Nigeria on Tuesday, October 4, in Abuja Ali said 99 per cent of rice smuggled through the land borders is not fit for human consumption. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said NAFDAC samples have showed that smuggled rice through the borders was unfit for human consumption.