The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Nigeria customs to suspend the lifting of ban on the importation rice through the land borders.
The ad-hoc committee on import duty waivers, concessions and grants, chaired by Adamu Aliero (Kebbi central), on Wednesday, submitted its report after a probe of the policy.
The committee recommended that the upper legislative chamber ask the Federal Government to suspend the policy on the grounds that it would escalate rice smuggling into the country, adding that the customs lacked the capacity to monitor and control the flow of goods through the land borders.
The senate therefore adopted the recommendation calling on the government to suspend the policy.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said: “I don’t think we should look at this issue from any sentiment, but from Logic. My view is that I don’t think one is convinced why anybody will go through the borders to incur extra cost unless there is an attention to defraud government. I think as of now this process of going through the land borders does not do that.” “We must support our local farmers. We strongly advise the customs to suspend the lifting of the ban on importation of rice through the land borders and continue to operate through the sea borders.”