THE SENATE IN NIGERIA AD HOC COMMITTEE ON RICE WAIVERS HAS REPORTEDLY SUMMONED THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF CUSTOMS, COLONEL AHMED ALI (RETIRED), TO EXPLAIN WHY HE LIFTED THE BAN ON THE IMPORTATION OF RICE THROUGH THE LAND BORDERS.
THE RESOLUTION FOLLOWED A MOTION MOVED BY SENATOR ADAMU ALIERO DECRYING THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL’S DECISION. HE SAID THE ACTION WOULD FURTHER UNDERMINE LOCAL PRODUCTION OF RICE BY NIGERIAN FARMERS.
ALIERO, WHO RECALLED THAT THE BAN ON IMPORTATION OF RICE THROUGH THE LAND BORDERS WAS PLACED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, SAID THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL DID NOT HAVE THE POWER TO UNILATERALLY LIFT THE BAN.
RICE is considered a staple food for Nigerians. Statistics indicate that rice imports gulp several millions in foreign currency, even as the country depends hugely on rice imports to meet local needs.
It was perhaps in an attempt to boost local production that the Federal Government in 2009 through the Private Partnership Project (PPP) approved the setting up of 17 rice mills in the country.
When you see hawkers parading tray-loads of symmetrically cut and colourful pawpaw fruits to sell on the roads, in the markets and along the streets, know then that the pawpaw season has arrived.
Grocers and fruit sellers all over town are proudly sectioning or displaying whole pawpaws to sell.
In the celebration of the world egg day, Gourmet guide has prepared a list of tasty egg dishes you can try. The egg may not necessarily be the major content of the meal, but it surely makes the dish excellent or as we say; Egg-cellent.
Fried sweet plantains with eggs
Gourmet guide is joining every egg lover to celebrate the world egg day today ( 9th October, 2015 )
Several politicians made the promise of free meals in the recently concluded elections, but Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has said his government will begin the process within months.
Speaking at a conference meeting with his ministers, Governor El Rufai said his state will use the recuperated finances from acquired in the central account system imposed by the federal government to fund this project.
“we are embarking on a free lunch programme for the one million pupils in our primary schools and that will cost N9 billion to cover one million children in one year. The state House of Assembly has already appropriated N1 billion for that. But the free lunch will start from next term. Women were involved in selling food to these pupils will be first considered to partake in the exercise. By this, we are also creating jobs and reducing poverty.
From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.
The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 comes into force on 5 October.