FG lists banned items even as borders are reopened

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As President Buhari ordered that the country’s borders be opened, the FG noted that ban on the importation of poultry, rice, and other products remains in force.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Zainab Ahmed, confirmed this.

Ahmed disclosed this while speaking to journalists after the Federal Executive Council’s meeting on Wednesday, presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

President Buhari joined the meeting virtually from his hometown, Daura, Kastina State.

“The ban on the importation of rice, poultry, and other banned products still subsists and will be implemented by the border patrol team,” Ahmed said.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, also stressed that the problem of smuggling would be tackled effectively after this ban.

“The issue of smuggling of rice to the country has reduced drastically. We are hoping that our agencies will be able to sustain that, so also is the issue of poultry smuggling.

“Also, very important is the issue of importation of small arms and weapons into the country that also has stopped,” Adebayo said.

President Buhari, in August 2019, ordered the closure of all borders in the country.

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