The House of Representatives has cited a constitutional breach in the export of yams by the federal government. The house at its plenary on Wednesday debated a motion on the violation and the export of yams to the United States, which were found to be bad, and consequently embarrassing to the country.
The motion, titled “Need to Determine Why Food Products Prohibited from Exportation are being exported and also did not meet international standards’’, was sponsored by Representative Jonathan Gaza (Nasarawa-APC).
Gaza cited the rejection by the US of 72 tonnes of Nigeria’s yam export found to have rotten upon their arrival.
“It is now obvious that produce approved for export by the government do not meet with world standards for exportation.’’ Gaza said the FG’s decision to export yams violates “The (Prohibition) Act, Cap. E22, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which lists beans, cassava tuber, maize, rice, yam tuber and their product derivatives as prohibited goods.
Following the debate, the house resolved its Committees on Agricultural Production and Services and Customs and Excise meet with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture regarding exportation of yam tubers. The committees are also to meet with the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service; Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council; Director-General, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria; and Head, Nigerian Quarantine Service, among other relevant agencies relevant to the issue.