Saturday, 24 December 2016

Lagos State Government Introduced Lake Rice

Residents of Lagos State on Thursday
besieged the various sale centres across the
State to buy the much-anticipated LAKE
RICE, with vast majority of the people
lauding the initiative of government to
introduce the commodity at a critical time
of the Yuletide season.

LAKE RICE, which is locally produced,
came into being following a partnership
between Lagos State and Kebbi State, and
was aimed at ensuring food security as well
as to showcase the ability of Nigeria to
become a producing nation.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his
Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku
Bagudu had launched the rice on
Wednesday in Lagos, describing the
development as a great and historic
moment not just for the two states but the
country at large.
As promised by Lagos State Government,
the rice was sold at a reduced price of N12,
000 for 50kg; N6000 for 25kg; and N2,500
for 10kg.
When our correspondent visited some of
the designated centres listed for the sale of
the rice, it was discovered that the
commodity was available for sale with
people queuing in an orderly manner and
waiting for their turn to buy.
In Oshodi, residents had besieged the Ikeja
Grammar School in Bolade, Oshodi, the
selling point for the sale of the LAKE RICE.
Speaking to journalists shortly after
successfully purchasing his bag of rice, a
resident, Alanran Muyideen Kehinde said
he was glad to be among the first.
He also urged Lagosians to patronise LAKE
RICE as a means to guard against the
incident of purchasing adulterated rice.
“I feel very happy, I feel encouraged. I also
thank the State Government for giving us
the opportunity because when we go
outside, we know the cost of rice, but we
thank the Lagos State Governor for this
opportunity and we hope that more would
be made available so that
the process of purchasing would be easier.
“With the issue of plastic rice flooding the
market, this is a safer option because we
can trust the source,” he said.
Another resident, Mrs. Alebiousu
Olufunmilayo said the cost of the LAKE
RICE was pocket friendly.
“I will like to tell Lagosains that this is for
real. If they get to any of the centres, they
should queue orderly and they will get the
rice,” she said.
At Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre (Rowe
Park) in Yaba, residents were seen queuing
orderly to buy the commodity at
government approved