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Customs chief commits to Tinubu-led initiative, launches rice distribution programme to tackle food insecurity

CGC Adeniyi Prioritizes Transparency and Direct Access as Nigeria Customs Service Rolls Out Rice Disbursement Plan

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The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has affirmed the Nigeria Customs Service’s dedication to supporting President Bola Tinubu’s administration in addressing the critical issue of food insecurity by ensuring the availability of essential food supplies to Nigerians.

Addressing attendees at the commencement of the rice distribution program in Lagos on Thursday, February 22, 2024, CGC Adeniyi underscored the strategic focus of the initiative, highlighting its targeted approach to reach beneficiaries directly in areas under customs operations.

Emphasizing transparency and accountability, CGC Adeniyi urged participants to uphold the integrity of the distribution process, cautioning against the unauthorized sale or hoarding of rice intended for domestic consumption.

Moreover, CGC Adeniyi disclosed that the Nigeria Customs Service had received government approval to allocate seized food items to disadvantaged Nigerians at reduced prices, following a rigorous verification process that includes the presentation of the National Identification Number (NIN).

He outlined the target demographics for the initiative, which include artisans, educators, healthcare professionals, religious organizations, and other individuals residing within customs operational zones, aiming to leverage existing community structures for efficient outreach.

While reiterating the primary goal of providing essential sustenance to those in need, CGC Adeniyi reiterated the Nigeria Customs Service’s unwavering commitment to its social welfare responsibilities, affirming its role in supporting vulnerable populations across the country.

“It is crucial for beneficiaries to recognize that these provisions are not for resale. We stand firm against any exploitation or misuse of this program,” stated CGC Adeniyi, urging citizens to report any instances of mismanagement or unauthorized resale of the distributed food items.

The launch of the rice distribution program underlines the collaborative efforts between the Nigeria Customs Service and the Tinubu-led administration to mitigate the challenges of food insecurity, marking a significant step towards enhancing food accessibility and ensuring the well-being of Nigerian communities.

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