The Senate has required the affirmation of alleviation materials, especially rice and vegetable oil, gave to Internally Displaced Persons by the Nigeria Customs Service for wellbeing reasons.
Sen. Trust Uzodinma, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, decided while instructions newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
Uzodinma approached National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other applicable offices of government to dependably guarantee the help materials fit for utilization before they were discharged to the IDPS.
“In the process of trying to create help you don’t need to cause more damage.
“ All I’m saying is that the vegetable oil that are seized, we don’t know where they are coming from. We don’t know the integrity of the product.
“The rice, is also a perishable item. So the relevant agencies of government that will confirm that these products are fit to be to be consumed should please clear them before they are sent to IDPs “This is because when they get to IDPs, they are handicapped.
“They may not be in the position to know which one is expired and which one is not expired and if any cholera breaks through there it will be a case of genocide,’’ Uzodinma said.
He said while donating the seized items to displaced persons was laudable, necessary steps must be taken to certify them fit for consumption to avoid any health problems.