By Ifeyinwa Obi
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has dismissed reports that the Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, allegedly kicked against the removal of printed textile materials from import prohibition list during the recent forum between the Service and Textile Value Chain stakeholders.
The NCS dismissal is contained in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller Wale Adeniyi,
Adeniyi stated: “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a story published in a newspaper which misrepresented the Comptroller-General of Customs Dikko Inde Abdullahi as having criticised the Federal Government’s plan to pay a monthly stipend of N5,000 to unemployed Nigerian youths.
‘’ The report also insinuated that the CGC kicked against the removal of printed textile materials from import prohibition list during the forum between Nigeria Customs Service and Textile Value Chain stakeholders.
“The Comptroller-General was quoted out of context and grossly misrepresented, hence the need to make clarification in the interest of those who may have been misinformed.
‘’The CGC never criticised the proposed stipend payment as recently announced by His Excellency, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
‘’As a loyal public servant of proven experience, he could never have criticised an idea that seeks to bring welcome relief to the teeming unemployed youths in this country. Contrary to what was reported, the Comptroller-General welcomed the idea as a medium term strategy with the ultimate goal of encouraging our youth to embrace the production sector.”
Adeniyi explained that while proffering options to revamp the ailing textile industry, the Customs had lamented the neglect of agriculture, especially cotton production, which had in the past created huge employment for the youths.