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Fed Govt uncovers 32 routes for smuggling food out of Nigeria

 

Fed Govt uncovers 32 routes for smuggling food out of Nigeria

 

Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday, revealed that the federal government has uncovered 32 routes used to smuggle food out of Nigeria.

The revelation is coming at a time when the government is battling to provide more food for the citizens who have been hit by skyrocketing prices since the removal of petroleum subsidy.

Speaking at a conference on Public Wealth Management in Abuja, he also disclosed that 45 trucks loaded with maize were intercepted while making their way to neighbouring countries at midnight on Sunday.


Shettima stated: “Just three nights ago, 45 trucks of maize were caught being transported to neighbouring countries. Just in that Ilela axis, there are 32 illegal smuggling routes. And the moment those foodstuff were intercepted, the price of maize came down by N10,000. It came down from N60,000 to N50,000

“So, there are forces that are hell-bent on undermining our nation but this is the time for us to coalesce into a singular entity.”

The vice president affirmed that Nigeria is passing through turbulent times but is confident that the citizens will not have to endure harsh times forever.

He warned against those who are using the present economic difficulties to fan the embers of division, saying: “We have to make this country work. We have to move beyond politics. We are now in the face of governance.

“Sadly, some of our countrymen are still in the political mode. They are the practitioners of violence, advocating that Nigeria should go the Lebanon way. But, Nigeria is greater than anyone of us here. Nigeria will weather the storm.

“Forces are hell-bent on plunging this country into a state of anarchy. Those who could not get to power through the ballot box, instead for them to wait till 2027, are so desperate.”

Shettima assured that the present administration will create millions of jobs by unlocking the value of Nigeria’s vast public assets with a view to optimizing and doubling the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to him, with economic revitalisation as its top priority, the federal government has a target of raising at least $10 billion in order to increase foreign exchange liquidity that will, in turn, stabilise the naira.

Shettima highlighted the low-hanging fruit of identifying, consolidating, and maximizing returns on government-owned assets worth trillions of naira.

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