The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a 20ft container of “READY TO EAT FOODS” like Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, Yam Porridge imported from India.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, spoke with stakeholders at the SDV/SCOA Terminal while handing over the container of imported prepared foods to officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
The controller described the scenario as an “aberration”, considering the fact that government granted zero duty for the importation of machinery for the packaging of agricultural products.
Yusuf in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, said “Why should indigenous menu be imported into the country at a time when investors are much sought after to boost local industries.”
The controller said the command generated N25.7bn in November, up from N25.3bn recorded in October.
Yusuf said that the higher revenue was recorded in spite of the recession and low imports.
He said that the command would continue to explore all avenues for maximum revenue collection.
According to him, this is in view of the exigencies of the moment, which placed more responsibilities on the service.