BY EMMANUEL EDOM in Lagos•
The Nigeria Customs Services says it distributed a total of about 252,666 bags of rice values at about N3.789 billion to various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in four states in the North East.
It said it also distributed about 82,140 Jerri cans of 25 Lt vegetable oil valued at N985.680 million to the IDPs in 2017.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Joseph Attah who briefed media men in Lagos on some of the activities which the service embarked on in 2017 explained that other items distributed during the period under review include 19,491 cartons of soap worth N52.626 million, about 57,487 bales of cloths, 16,517 pairs, 11,674 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of slippers, 787 bags if different footwear, 66 cartons of sugar , and 1,670 cartons of mosquito coils.
Others include 16 sacks of school bags, 309 bales of bedsheets among others.
Attah noted that despite the tones of rice and other relief items already transferred to the different IDPs , NCS warehouse across the country are still filled with bags of rice.
This according to him, shows that the sustained onslaught against unrepentant smugglers continues to yield positive results.
He said that the ones in the customs warehouses are presently awaiting court condemnation_ forfeiture to the Federal government or have been already allocated to government of the affected States whom pays the army corps of transport and logistics for their transportation to the IDPs.
“Eventually, the seized rice abs other perishable items presently in the warehouses will be given to fellow Nigerians affected by unfortunate insurgency in the North East.