Se­nate sum­mons Hameed Ali over rice ban lift

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate yesterday sum­moned the Comptroller-Gen­eral of Cus­toms, re­tired Colonel Hammed Ali over the lift­ing of ban on rice im­por­ta­tion through the coun­try’s land borders.

The in­vi­ta­tion fol­lowed a mo­tion spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Adamu Aliero and 32 oth­ers seek­ing the re­ver­sal of the ban lift.

Aliero said the lift­ing of the ban would es­ca­late rice smug­gling and af­fect lo­cal rice pro­duc­tion.

But many of his col­leagues ex­cept Sen­a­tor Bala Ibn Na’Al­lah (APC, Kebbi South) faulted the prayers in the mo­tion.

First to op­pose the mo­tion was Sen­a­tor Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zam­fara Cen­tral) who said the mo­tion was aimed at em­pow­er­ing the rich in the coun­try.

“The only in­ten­tion of the mo­tion is to strengthen the rich who have money to im­port rice. It will be an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity to di­rect the Cus­toms boss to re­verse the lift­ing be­cause our res­o­lu­tion is not bind­ing. I sug­gest that we should in­vite the Cus­toms boss to ex­plain the ra­tio­nale be­hind it, “he said.

Sup­port­ing Marafa’s ar­gu­ment, Sen­a­tor Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna North) ad­vo­cated for the ban­ning the im­por­ta­tion rice, say­ing “we can­not con­tinue to em­power farm­ers in Thai­land at the ex­pense of our lo­cal farm­ers.”

Also, Sen­a­tor James Man­ager (PDP Delta South) said rice im­por­ta­tion whether by road or sea is not good for Nige­ri­ans and the econ­omy.

Af­ter the de­bate, Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki said the Cus­toms boss should ap­pear be­fore the ad­hoc com­mit­tee on Im­port Duty Waivers to ex­plain why he took the de­ci­sion.

He gave the com­mit­tee two weeks to re­port back to Se­nate.

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