Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has rejected bags of rice sent to the state by the Federal Government as palliatives.
The 1,800 bags of rice and vegetable oil were sent to the State by the Federal Government as part of measures to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on residents.
NewsWireNGR had reported how the the Oyo State Government promised to return the 1,800 bags of rice donated to the state by the Federal Government as COVID-19 palliative because the rice is infested with weevils.
See link to our initial story, The state government took delivery of the three trailer loads of rice through the Nigeria Customs Service on Monday.
Apparently it is not only Oyo state that has rejected the rice, Governor Akeredolu reportedly expressed displeasure when he received the palliative items at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure because the food item were spoiled. He immediately ordered the items to be rejected.
According to Punch Newspaper reports, the Secretary of the State Palliatives Committee, Mr Alex Kalejaiye, confirmed that some of the bags of rice had expired and were no longer fit for consumption.
According to Kalejaiye, who is also the Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State, “we discovered that some of the bags have expired and are not good for consumption at all; so we are separating them from the ones that are still manageable for consumption. After this, we will still take the ones that appear good to the laboratory to test if they are fit for consumption.
“They brought many bags of rice, we just carried out random checks on them to discover the ones that are not good. What we are trying to do is to separate those that appeared bad from those that appeared good then we will carry out laboratory tests on them to ascertain whether they are safe for consumption before giving them out to our people.
“Some are expired; it is even written on the bags but some are not expired but it seemed they were not properly stored, and those ones not properly stored would not be good to be given to our people without carrying out the laboratory test