Nigeria's residents are seen shopping ahead of Eid Al-Fitr festival in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, July 15, 2015. The Nigeria's federal government has declared July 17 and July 20 as public holidays to mark the Id-El-Fitr celebration. (Xinhua/Dare)
Nigeria's residents are seen shopping ahead of Eid Al-Fitr festival in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, July 15, 2015. The Nigeria's federal government has declared July 17 and July 20 as public holidays to mark the Id-El-Fitr celebration. (Xinhua/Dare)

The country’s Comptroller General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali gave the warning at a meeting with traders and other stakeholders in Kano.

He told his audience that smuggling is one of the dangerous activities which affect the nation’s economy, noting that smugglers should change business because it is an illegal business.

He said there is the need for people, especially those who have the impression that smuggling is a legal source of livelihood, to have a change of mind.

Many people are of the belief that smuggling is a legal source of livelihood, but it is not; it is an illegal business, Ali said.

On rice importation, the custom chief said the service would not reduce duty being charged on imported rice until when the Federal Government directed it to do so.

The custom chief urged importers in the country to ensure that they pay duty only at the approved rates to avoid any inconvenience.

According to him, the country cannot afford to continue to import rice if farmers are to be encouraged to produce the commodity.

“By 2017, rice importation will stop, to give our local farmers opportunity to produce the commodity for our consumption and export,” he said.

He assured the traders that the service would establish effective channel of communication with stakeholders. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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