The Oyo state government has rejected the 1800 bags of rice donated by the Federal Government, set to return them, stating that they are infested and unhealthy for consumption.
The 1800 bags of rice were donated by the Federal Government through the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to Oyo state as palliatives to cushion the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The bags of rice were received from the Federal government on Monday April 20th as palliatives. The state Government’s team, which received the items were: Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agricbusiness, Debo Akande, Commissioners Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle (Agric), Bayo Lawal (Special Duties), Seun Fakorede (Youth and Sports), Faosat Sanni (Women Affairs and Social Inclusion) and Funmilayo Orisadeyi (Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters).
The committee on distribution of relief materials and palliatives who paid an inspection visit to the warehouse where the grains were kept however said they had been infested with weevil and were therefore unfit for human consumption.
Akande also revealed that a quality control inspection was carried out repeatedly on the bags of rice which led to the rejection of the consignment.
“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.
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 said