Nigeria Customs Service Announces Subsidized Sale of Seized Food Items

Initiative Aims to Alleviate Hardship Amid Economic Challenges

In a bid to alleviate the prevailing hardship faced by Nigerians and address soaring food prices, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has unveiled plans to sell seized food items to citizens at subsidized rates.

The announcement was made by Abdullahi Maiwada, the spokesperson of the service, during a visit to the management of the Media Trust Group in Abuja on Tuesday. Maiwada emphasized that the initiative is grounded in the NCS’s core mandate of prioritizing the best interests of Nigerians and promoting economic stability and prosperity.

“To alleviate the hardship faced by Nigerians and improve access to essential food items, the Nigeria Customs Service will facilitate the direct disposal of food items forfeited to the federal government. These items will be certified fit for consumption by relevant agencies and made available to ordinary Nigerians nationwide through equitable distribution,” Maiwada stated.

He further outlined that the pilot phase of the distribution will commence in Lagos once the seized food items are deemed suitable for consumption.

Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, also elaborated on the service’s plans to distribute seized food items during the meeting.

In response, Ahmed Shekarau, the acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Media Trust Group, acknowledged the long-standing partnership between the company and the customs. Shekarau highlighted the expansion of the Media Trust Group over the years, from its origins as a weekly newspaper to its current status as a multimedia conglomerate.

Naziru Mikailu, the Group Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief (Digital) of Media Trust Group, commended the recent activities of the customs while urging them to further strengthen their efforts to secure the country’s porous borders. Mikailu expressed the group’s willingness to collaborate with the customs in highlighting its activities and exploring mutually beneficial partnerships.

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