The one thousand eight hundred (1800) bags of rice donated by the Federal Government to Oyo State as palliative has been disclosed to be infested and unhealthy for consumption.
The rice which was delivered through the Nigeria Customs Service some days ago and announced by the state government will be taken back to get a new ones in replace.
In a statement made by the Executive Adviser to the governor on Agribusiness, Dr. Debo Akande said that after taking delivery of the donated rice, a quality control inspection was carried out repeatedly and the donation has now been rejected.
Dr. Akande however noted that the donated rice would be returned to the Nigeria Customs Service with the hope that it would be replaced with good quality.
The Executive Adviser further explained that the infested rice would not affect plans of the state government to commence distribution of palliatives to the people, adding that distribution would commence soonest
Also, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Honourable Ojekunle Ojemuyiwa while reiterating the position of state government, stressed that the wellbeing and healthy disposition of the people would not be compromised in the continuing fight to curtail further spread of the virus