IDPs: Buhari directs Customs to transfer relief materials

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FILE PHOTO: Some internally displaced persons being fed
President Muhammudu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to transfer relief items in various customs warehouses to designated officials for onward distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The service Public Relations Officer, Mr Wale Adeniyi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
According to Adeniyi, the Comptroller General has set up a national committee that would coordinate and manage the movement and the transfer of seized relief items to give effect to the President’s directive.
He said the relief items currently in government warehouses for distribution to the IDPs included goods that had been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“President Muhammudu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Customs Service to move and transfer relief items in various customs warehouses to relevant officials for use by IDPs.
“And to give effect to the directive, the Comptroller General of Customs has set up a national committee that would coordinate and manage the movement and the transfer of these seized relief items directly to the IDPs.
“It is important to stress that these items are only those that have been condemned properly in the competent court of law and have been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“They include food items like rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti and essential items like soap, used clothing materials, mosquito nets, beddings and others,” he said.
Adeniyi said that members of the committee were drawn from Customs Service, Army, Air Force, Police, Immigration Service and the EFCC.
According to him, the customs boss also included some NGOs, civil society organisations and the media to give the committee a measure of transparency and credibility.
Adeniyi said that customs had taken an initial step to determine the locations of the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper