Sultan to FG: Review ban on importation of rice, cars

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, has called on the Federal Government to reverse the ban on importation of rice and vehicles through the land borders.

Speaking at his palace, when Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, paid a courtesy call yesterday, the Sultan emphasised the need for government to have a rethink on some policies that were not people-friendly.

The Sultan of Sokoto

The royal father said: “We will continue to serve as the voices of the voiceless and in this direction; we are calling on the Federal Government to look into some recent policies that will further tighten the noose on the necks of Nigerians.

“Nigerians are already going through difficult times and policies should not be taken to further aggravate the suffering of Nigerians. This will also create disharmony between the government and the governed.”

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While giving examples of the ban on the importation of rice and vehicles through land borders, the Sultan noted that the policies had heightened the suffering of Nigerians, adding “even though the two policies are meant to stop smuggling and boost revenue, they are ill-timed.”

He said that the traditional institution would continue to support and advise governments at all levels.

According to him, “we will always work for the peace, unity, stability and socio-economic development of the country. We also assure government of our total support, loyalty and commitment to the Federal Government.”

Earlier, the Acting President maintained that agriculture and solid minerals were key in economic diversification.

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Professor Osinbajo said: “The development of agriculture and agro-allied value chains are key in this direction. Sokoto State is in the forefront of agricultural revolution to bring back the country to the path of sustainable development.

“Agencies of the Federal Government would continue to facilitate trade and commerce in the nation.”

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