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Audu Ogbeh, We’ll turn back 570,000 tons of rice waiting to arrive for Christmas

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Audu Ogbeh, We’ll turn back 570,000 tons of rice waiting to arrive for Christmas

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Audu Ogbeh, We’ll turn back 570,000 tons of rice waiting to arrive for Christmas

Audu Ogbeh, We’ll turn back 570,000 tons of rice waiting to arrive for Christmas

Audu Ogbeh

According to a report gathered by Punch Newspaper, the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh as kicked against importation of food commodities, especially rice to Nigeria through illegal means, in a bid to create wealth for cabals, who are not interested in the economic progress of the country, here is the full excerpt.

“The Economic Community of West African States’ treaty has all kinds of publications like free trade in between countries and that is something weighty.

The Senate had raised that issue in the past. Senator Hope Uzodinma’s committee raised an issue which I sympathise with very strongly. What it said is that goods produced within the region should have free movement. But some of our neighbours are not moving goods produced, rather they import goods, station themselves around our borders and then smuggle them into our economy.

For instance, the Republic of Benin doesn’t eat parboiled rice. They eat white rice. But all the rice coming through the borders in Nigeria are parboiled. I have a list now of all the ship that left Thailand in the last seven weeks and they’ve arrived. There are 571,000 tons of rice waiting to enter Nigeria for Christmas but we won’t allow it.

So when Senator Uzodinma raised that issue in the Senate, he was saying that we needed to review the treaty because we were at the losing end.

In fact, why are we allowing this when the rice is not grown in the Republic of Benin? They bring tomato paste and chicken that are not produced in the Republic of Benin and because the Nigerian market is so huge they want to exploit it.

I sympathise and fully endorse the views of the Hope Uzodinma-led committee of the Senate to do something about this.”

Chief Audu Ogbeh,Minister for Agriculture.


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