Hunger: Thousands benefit from subsidised rice as Customs plans to rejig exercise


Commendations have continue to pour in from across Nigerian over the decision of the federal government and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to give out a 25kg bag of foreign rice at subsidised price of N10, 000 following the kickoff of the exercise at the weekend at the Customs facility on Harvey road in Yaba, Lagos by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, as parts of efforts to cushion the skyrocketing prices of food stuff in the country.

Thousands of those who have benefitted from the gesture include Physical Challenged Persons, elderly persons, nursing and pregnant mothers as well as less privileged members of the society.

However, the Nigerian Customs said it will continue to rejig the exercise across its various commands where the sales of the rice is taking place following notable challenges noticed within the few days of commencement of the exercise.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Mr Adewale Adeniyi, who addressed pressure groups, religious leaders and other beneficiaries pleaded that the foodstuff should not be diverted to the market for sales to Nigerians.

He affirmed that it is the mandate of the federal government to ensure that the less privileged citizens of the country are catered for in the exercise.

The Customs CG assured the Federal Government Food intervention programme was well thought out adding that such gestures would be distributed in all customs commands in the country.

A physically challenged beneficiary, Mr Taiwo Lawal was filled with tears just as he commended the federal government for considering them in the distribution of the food items.

“This has never happened in the history of Nigeria where the majority of Nigerians will benefit from relief items genuinely without preference.

“If Government engages in more of these gestures, prices of goods will reduce for common people to afford,” he told journalists.

Also, Mrs Amdalat Balogun, who lost her sight from birth, said she got the news from the radio and quickly borrowed N10, 000 from her neighbour to enable her to benefit from the rice.

Balogun said she bought the rice because of Ramadan fasting and appreciated the initiator as well as the federal government.

She also pleaded with the government to improve more of the subsidised food to sustain the livelihood of the ordinary Nigerians.

The Chief Imam of Magodo Phase 2, Central Mosque, Imam Abdul-Semiu Kelani, thanked the government and prayed for a successful regime of the present administration.

A cleric, Emmanuel Omoroke from St. Louis Catholic  Church, who came on behalf of the indigent members explained the level of hunger in the country.