The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col.onel Hameed Ali (ritired), has asked Nigerians to stop eating foreign rice noting that they are poisonous.
He was speaking at a recent news conference organized by the ministry of finance.
According to him, the Federal Government is yet to issue license for importation of rice
The Customs Boss stressed that any rice seen on the streets that was not produced in Nigeria is smuggled.
He described imported rice as poisonous because according to him, before coming into the country, it must have spent a minimum of five years in the silos.
His word, “A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness and that chemical is harmful. Also, it has been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume here which causes diseases”.
He however appealed to Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria rice, noting that it is available and more nutritious.
He stated that buying will assist customs to rid the nation of smugglers.
Ali said that rice importation was one of the biggest challenges the agency was encountering, adding that it still happens because Nigerians consume imported rice.
He added that if Nigerians stop buying the imported rice, smugglers will go out of business and there will be no need to bring it in.