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Customs intercepts container full of jollof rice, Egusi, from India

Customs intercepts container full of jollof rice, Egusi, from India

The Tin-Can Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has revealed how it intercepted a 20ft container of "ready to eat Nigerian foods".

The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, revealed that ready-to-eat Nigerian foods like Egusi soup, jollof rice, ogbono and yam porridge being imported from India into Nigeria, were intercepted.

Customs intercepts container full of jollof rice, Egusi, from India

Egusi soup, jollof rice, ogbono, yam porridge etc. were present in an illegal container. Courtesy: Nigeria Customs Service

Yusuf spoke with stakeholders at the SDV/SCOA Terminal while handing over the container of imported prepared foods to officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The controller described the scenario as an “aberration”, considering the fact that government granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of agricultural products. “Why should indigenous menu be imported into the country at a time when investors are much sought after to boost local industries,’’ Yusuf queried.

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The controller said the command generated 25.7 billion in November, up from N25.3 billion recorded in October. Yusuf said that the higher revenue was recorded in spite of the recession and low imports. He said that the command would continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection.

Customs intercepts container full of jollof rice, Egusi, from India

The development triggered mixed reactions among the Nigerians. Courtesy: Nigeria Customs Service

According to him, this is in view of the exigencies of the moment, which placed more responsibilities on the service. Yusuf urged potential investors to take advantage of the numerous export potential in the country for their socio-economic benefits.

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