End rice import waiver now, Tambuwal tells FG

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By Haladu Abubakar
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State
‎The current waiver regime being enjoyed by rice importers in Nigeria is hampering local production of the commodity and should be phased out, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said.
According to him, preliminary studies undertaken showed that despite efforts to boost local rice production, unfavourable government policies especially with regards to waiver to importers, coupled with other policies, is proving to be impediment to states’ objectives to achieve local self-sufficiency.
Speaking when he received the new Customs Area Controller for Sokoto Zamfara and Kebbi states, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir, who paid a courtesy call to the Governor, ‎Tambuwal reiterated the fact that the quality of rice produced locally is of international standard and far better than many of the ones imported into the country.
He said government will continue to support farmers in the rice producing areas to enable them acquire standard facilities that will process their produce.
Tambuwal said Nigeria has what it takes to produce enough rice to meet local needs and export same. “We have the potential to meet Africa’s rice needs,” he added.
He said governments of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi and other rice farming states will team up and present a common demand to the Federal Government to ensure development of the product locally and nationally.
While commending the Customs Service for its role in law enforcement in the federation, Gov Tambuwal said his administration will assist the Customs area office to achieve its set objectives.
Earlier in his remarks, the Area Controller praised the harmonious working relationship between the Service and states under his command. …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper