A Nigerian clearing agent and Facebook user, Muhammad Murtala Musa D Provost, took to his Facebook page to share a photo of Nigerian rice smugglers who use motorcycles to carry out their job.
According to the Nigerian clearing agent, motorcycles are used by rice smugglers to smuggle bags of foreign rice from Niger Republic into the country. Here’s what he wrote;
Nigerians using motorcycles to smuggle bags of foreign rice from Niger Republic to Nigeria thereby sabotaging our local initiatives and later blame the government. I wonder why Nigerians cannot obey a simple law.
Recall that we reported in January, that President Muhammadu Buhari in his new year broadcast, pledged that his administration will ban rice import in 2018.
He said, “We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.
“Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy.
“Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.
“By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector.
“Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.”
However Alhaji Jamilu Ibrahim, Chairman of Rice Farmers in Daura, Katsina State, has urged the Federal Government not to lift the ban on the importation of rice.
The Federal Government banned the importation of rice to protect local rice farmers and promote local rice consumption in the country. Ibrahim told newsmen after a meeting of Local Rice Farmers of Daura on Monday that there was the need for the government to maintain its stand on rice importation to boost local production.