The Managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, has called for effective surveillance at the nation’s seaports as part of measures to check alleged importation of tomato paste by unpatriotic Nigerians.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday that despite the ban on the importation of the product, some Nigerians are still bringing it into the country through the seaports.
“We are calling on the Federal Government to ensure effective surveillance at the nation’s sea ports to check importation of tomato paste by unpatriotic Nigerians.“Even though the federal government has banned the importation of the commodity, some unpatriotic Nigerians are still importing it through the seaports,” he said.
He alleged that the importation of tomato paste was still thriving through Port Harcourt, adding that there is need for the agencies concerned to intensify surveillance to check the illegal activity.
Kaita, who is also Managing Director of Dangote Farms, commended the government for its efforts to boost tomato production through the Anchor Borrower programme.