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Presidency Clears Air On Suspension Of Tax, Import Duties On Food Items



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The Presidency has given a clear stance on the suspension of tax, import duties, and tariffs for importing some food items through land and sea borders.

It was earlier reported that the foods include maize, husked brown rice, wheat, and cowpeas. gathered that the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, shared the memo via his X handle on Monday evening before deleting it.

However, Onanuga said the Tinubu administration is considering suspending tariffs on imports of rice and other food commodities.

Speaking with The Gazette on phone, Onanuga said the memo was a regrettable error even though it has been circulating across government departments.

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He said the policy was not imminent as of Monday evening, stressing the Federal Government is still deliberating on it.

He said, “The policy was mistakenly circulated. We are still deliberating internally from the agric ministry to other agencies on how best to proceed with the policy.”

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