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“We’ve uncovered 32 food smuggling routes” – Shettima speaks on efforts to tackle hunger

Vice President Kashim Shettima says the federal government has uncovered 32 routes through which food items are smuggled out of the country.

Speaking at a conference on Public Wealth Management held in Abuja, on Tuesday, he noted that hoarding and smuggling have been identified as factors worsening the hardship in the country.

He stressed that the government is currently exploring various measures to tackled the trend.

The Vice President said on the midnight of Sunday, 45 trucks loaded with maize were intercepted while making their way to neighbouring countries.

Shettima said: “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 food stuff 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.

“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,” he said.

In the past week, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted 15 trucks containing food items in Sokoto.

Abubakar Chafe, spokesperson of the NCS in Sokoto, had said the vehicles were arrested along Gwadabawa-Illela road.


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