Expired rice: FG defends self blames it on NAFDAC

The Federal Government has said the rice palliative distributed to Oyo and other South-Western states were inspected and certified fit for human consumption by the National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC).

The reaction came, following allegations that the rice palliative distributed by the federal government to Oyo state to cushion the impact of COVID-19 was unfit for human consumption.

Oyo State had alleged over the weekend that the bags of rice were infested with weevils.

The state also said plans were in place to return the 1800 bags of rice.

Speaking on Monday in Abuja during the daily Presidential Task Force briefing, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq said the news that the rice the federal government distributed to the southwest was unfit, was “fake news”.

The minister also noted that she spoke with the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi to ascertain the true position of the rice delivered and he confirmed the rice was in good condition.

Farouq said: “As you may recall, we mentioned here that we distributed the rice relief to the states. The rice was handed over to us by the Nigerian Customs Service and it was assessed by NAFDAC who issued a clearance before the goods were released for onward distribution to the states.

“So, as far as we are concerned, the rice was certified fit for human consumption.”

“We had an issue in Oyo which was officially reported this morning but two or three days ago, we saw news flying around that all the rice that we took to the southwestern part of the country were bad and that Lagos had taken its delivery to the lagoon and other states have rejected theirs. 

“I want to say very categorically that it is fake news. It is not true. This afternoon, I spoke with the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi and he assured me that the one he received in Ekiti and other states are in good condition.”

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