The residents of Lagos State on Thursday crowded the centres the place the state authorities’s “Lake Rice’’ is being offered for N12,000 for a 50kg bag and N6,000 for 25kg.
The federal government commenced the sale of the rice on Wednesday in centres throughout the fifty seven native governments and native council growth areas.
Lake Rice is a product of the joint agricultural enterprise between Lagos State and Kebbi State Governments, designed to make sure meals safety and showcase Nigeria’s means to turn into a rice producing nation.
The identify Lake Rice is borne out of the acronyms of the state with LA standing for Lagos and KE for Kebbi.
The Particular Adviser on Meals Safety to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Mr. Sanni Okanlawan, stated that the federal government was fulfilling its promise of giving residents a blissful Yuletide.
Okanlawan mentioned that the value of the rice was diminished N12,000 from N13,000 to make sure that Lagosians had entry to it for an pleasurable Christmas celebration.
He mentioned, “We’re glad to tell Lagosians that the Lake rice is out and out there on the varied native authorities areas and native council improvement areas.
“A 50kg bag is at present promoting at N12,000 that may be a enormous low cost contemplating the worth of rice at retail markets.
“That reveals how keen the state authorities is to present its people the most effective.
“So, we urge everyone to go to these places to get their luggage from at this time.”
The particular adviser, nonetheless, stated he couldn’t verify the variety of trailer masses at every gross sales level however assured that they have been sufficient to go spherical.
On the Oko-Oba, Agege gross sales level, two forty foot trailers have been seen loaded with the produce, whereas a crowd queued on the centre to buy the rice.
One of many consumers, Mr. Segun Esan, stated he had heard from media stories that the rice could be out and had come rapidly to buy earlier than Christmas Day.
Esan mentioned he would like Lake Rice as a result of it was recent and made in Nigeria which was very low-cost in comparison with imported rice presently offered at N18,000 in some markets.
A trainer, Mrs Felicia Ajiroba, counseled the federal government for the initiative, including that the rice would be certain that residents had meals through the festive interval.
She stated, “After I learnt that the worth of rice was N20, 000 out there, I used to be fearful as a result of I felt I might not prepare dinner rice for my household throughout Christmas.
“It was too costly and I can’t afford it with my meagre wage.
“The subsidised Lake Rice is reassuring and a blessing to many residents of Lagos. It reveals that the federal government is worried about our plight.”
Mrs Wosilat Elegbede, a dealer at Ikorodu, mentioned that the rice would alleviate poverty and starvation within the state.
She stated, “The case of individuals stealing pots of rice on the fireplace wouldn’t come up within the state as the value is subsidised and other people can select the dimensions of bag they’ll afford.”
The Gross sales Coordinator, LASTMA Works Yard, Freeman Road, Lagos Island, Mr Ajibola Oluwa, mentioned the presence of coordinators at varied gross sales level was to make sure orderliness among the many patrons.
In line with him, their presence can be to observe gross sales of the rice and be certain that each particular person received at the very least a bag.
He mentioned that the presentation of Lagos State Residents Registration Company card was a criterion for buying the rice.
Lake rice is being offered at numerous centres, together with Lagos East: Odogunyan Farm Service, Ikorodu; Lagos West: LSADA Advanced and Farm Service Heart, LAISA Workplace, Ojo, Ikeja Gramma Faculty, Oshodi amongst others.
The opposite gross sales level are Odogunyan Farm Service Centre, Ikorodu, Temu Farm Service Centre, Epe, Naforiji City Corridor, Eredo, Magbon Alade College, Ibeju and SUBEB premises, Maryland.
Others are; Coconut Home, Mowo, Farm Service Centre, Marina, Ikeja Grammar Faculty, Oshodi, LSADA Farm Service Centre, Oko-Baba, Agege and LAISA in Ojo.
It is usually being offered at Agric Space Workplace, Ajah, LASTMA Works Yard, Adeniji/Freeman, Lagos Island, Alakoto Senior Excessive College, Ajegunle, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere and Mob
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