The seyi Makinde led government in Oyo State has promised to return the 1800 bags of rice the
Federal government had given 1800 bags of rice Oyo State on Monday April 20th as palliatives to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The delivery took place after the President had early directed the Nigeria Customs Service to release One hundred and Fifty trucks of rice that have been seized from smugglers over a period of time.
Shortly after that, the executive assistant on Agribusiness to governor Seyi Makinde, Dr Debo Akande, reported that 1,800 bags of rice from the Federal Government were infested with weevil and not good for human consumption.
He confirmed that the bags of rice were received from the Federal government on Monday April 20th as palliatives.
“We received these items from the Federal Government via the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and we brought them to the warehouse. It was in the process of further inspection that we discovered that the rice had been infested with weevils.
On that basis, we formed a committee to re-inspect it so we can be sure of what we have received. We don’t want to create another problem while providing solution to another one. We have inspected it; we have done random selection and we have seen that similar things apply across the board, he said.
We have agreed to return them to the source but if there are good ones with good quality that could be sent to us as replacement, we will be glad to receive them, he added.”