By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 25, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) –The rice supplied to Oyo state as part of federal government palliatives is infested with weevils, thus, unfit for human consumption. This was disclosed by the Oyo State Government via a statement by the Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agribusiness, Debo Akande.
According to his statement: “We received these items from the federal government via the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and we brought them to the warehouse and it was in the process of further inspection that we discovered that almost all the rice has been infested with weevils and some other materials, and on that basis, we formed a committee to re-inspect it so that we can definitely be sure of what we have received,”
In its bid to cushion the effects of restrictions placed on movements across the country due to efforts to check the spread of #COVID-19, the federal government had ordered the distribution of rice to the 36 states of the federation.