The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has solicited the support of traditional leaders and stakeholders to control the hike in food prices.

The Acting Controller, Federal Operation Unit, FOU, Zone ‘D’, Joseph Adelaja, made this appeal during a courtesy visit to the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkido Aliyu-Mustapha, on Thursday in Yola.

Adelaja said the trend of hikes in food prices was aggravated by the illicit hoarding and exportation of food commodities.

“As part of the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC’s) policy thrust on consolidation, collaboration and innovation, we are here to seek fatherly support and wise counsel particularly on the challenges facing the country in terms of food insecurity.

“As we are aware that national and food security is the responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian.

“We solicit the support of all stakeholders and members of the general public to enable us to overcome the menace,” he said.

According to him, illegal exportation of petroleum products also caused untold hardship on the citizens, and stressed the need for collaborative efforts to address the menace.

“This is a critical period of our national life and all hands must be on deck to support the government because we cannot afford to get it wrong at this point in time of our national history”, he said.

Responding, Aliyu-Mustapha, who was represented by the Galadima of Adamawa, Mustapha Amin, assured the Service of his council support.

The monarch extolled the Service’s positive contributions to the economy and national security.

Customs seek support of traditional leaders to address food price hike

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