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Tinubu directs Customs to halt food exports in compliance with Export Prohibition Act 



Adewale Adeniyi

President Bola Tinubu has issued a directive for complete adherence to the Export Prohibition Act regarding food items to curb the smuggling of commodities out of the country. 

During a meeting with the leaders and members of the Dawanau International Grains Market Kano on Friday, the Comptroller-General of the service, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, made this revelation. 

He explained that the Act had not been enforced previously due to Nigeria’s food sufficiency at the time. 

He noted that with the nation facing a food crisis, the President had directed for the full implementation of the Act to prevent the exportation of food items during times of dire need. 

Alhaji Muttaka Isah, the President of the Dawanau International Market, informed the comptroller-general about several challenges encountered by members of the association, including “unfounded allegations in some quarters that our dealers hoard grains in their warehouses.” 

The federal government through the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has in recent times begun enforcing the ban on food exports especially grains in a bid to shore up the food supply in the country.  

President Tinubu had earlier stated that Nigeria will not open her borders to food imports stating the country can feed itself.  

The cost of major staple foods has risen significantly in the past few months further strangling household expenditure and pushing vulnerable populations into poverty and hunger.