President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, on Wednesday, agreed to set up a joint committee to combat smuggling.
Buhari made it known on his Twitter handle on Thursday, as he revealed that smuggling poses a significant economic and security risk to Nigeria.
He added that “Even though Nigeria has, in the last three years, succeeded in cutting the importation by about 90 per cent, parboiled rice is still being smuggled into the country, discouraging our farmers and undermining our goal of self-sufficiency in rice production. This is why we must act.”
Yesterday, President Talon of Benin and I agreed to set up a Joint Committee to combat smuggling. We will also be working with Niger Republic on the issue. Smuggling continues to pose significant economic & security risks to Nigeria, and we must do everything we can to tackle it. pic.twitter.com/ZFvyewGEsx
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) July 26, 2018
The Benin Republic president, Talon paid a visit to the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.