Customs suspends food distribution plan due to congestion

Customs suspends food distribution plan due to congestion


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced the suspension of a food distribution scheme aimed at alleviating hardships faced by Nigerians.

The program, which began last Friday, included the disposal of confiscated food items deemed fit for consumption.

A statement from the NCS said the pilot exercise, which took place at the former NCS Zonal Headquarters in Yaba, Lagos State, initially went smoothly. More than 5,000 people, including the elderly, people with disabilities, pregnant women and others in need, received food supplies.

The NCS said the exercise was carried out following careful planning to address any potential risks that may arise during the exercise, and that Nigeria Police and military personnel ensured crowd control. He pointed out that he was going.

But the situation turned chaotic when organizers announced on Saturday that the event would continue due to a lack of supplies.

In a statement Monday from spokesperson Abdullahi Maiwada, the NCS said the crowd became “desperate” and broke through barricades in search of bags of rice inside empty containers, resulting in “unfortunate casualties”. He explained that it was a major disaster.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected during this difficult time and we pledge our unwavering support. We are working with hospital authorities to establish contact and communicate with the families of the victims. We are directly working on the next steps,” Maiwada said.

“Following this incident, an internal investigation has been launched to determine the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event.”

Maiwada said the cancellation of the exercise was aimed at helping the NCS improve its safety measures and prevent similar incidents in the future.

“We recognize the need for greater sensitivity and precautionary measures in all our operations. In light of recent unfortunate events, we regret to inform you that what happened on Friday, February 23, 2024 We are announcing that this exercise will be suspended until this is determined,” Maiwada said.

“This should help us articulate stronger, more comprehensive actions that do not defeat our noble intentions.”

Source: guardian.ng

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