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Business Sultan of Sokoto Says Nigeria Should Lift Ban on Rice Importation

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on the Nigeria Customs Service to consider lifting the ban on importation of rice through the land borders.

The federal government of Nigeria had placed a ban on importation of rice in a bid to reduce the country's dependence on import and encourage local production of the commodity.

According to him, the ban has brought hardship Nigerians and has aggravated scarcity of the commodity in the country.

"The policy should be revisited with a view to make amends and ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians,” he said. ”There is no food in the country hence the need for the borders to be reopened for rice importation."

The Sultan spoke when the Comptroller-General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd), visited him in his palace in Sokoto on Monday.


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