Lately, the online media was inundated with video clips of bags of rice bearing the photographs of Bola Tinubu allegedly being distributed in the North, ostensibly in furtherance of his 2023 presidential ambition.
Former Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari and state APC leader said this at a ceremony to commence the distribution of the items in Gusau on Sunday.
Ishaku spoke while hosting the Market Enterprise Adviser of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Value Chain Development Program (VCDP), Hajiya Fatima Buhari, in Jalingo.
Adewale Aremu, the state Area Controller of Customs (ACC), disclosed this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Katsina on Wednesday.
NCS spokesman, Joseph Attah, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the warning became necessary following complaints by the Rice Processors Association of Nigeria that the country had been flooded with smuggled rice.
Zulum, who traveled with the representative of Borno North Senatorial District and an indigene of Damasak, Senator Abubakar Kyari, distributed water pumps as key components of irrigation, fertilizer, seeds, chemicals and N5,000 cash to each of the 1,200 farmers, all of whom will be cultivating rice and onions among other food crops.
The other recipients of the palliatives were the destitiute, widows and orphans and items distributed included rice, salt, tomato paste and yams.
According to them, the bags of rice given to them every Christmas was a ‘”Greek gift”. adding that they want their retirement benefits paid or nothing else.
The Command’s Spokesman, Abdullahi Hussaini, said in a statement on Thursday that the seizures were made along Seme-Badagry Expressway between October 12 and 27, 2020.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youths trooped out in their hundreds to the moribund Cocoa-Ceramic Industry in Ede, where the palliatives were stored.
The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, gave the assurance on Thursday in Lagos on the sideline of an inspection tour of the rice mill by members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, led by its Chairman, Hon. Kehinde Joseph.
The Controller of the Niger/Kogi Area Command, Yusuf Abba-Kassim, disclosed this on Thursday to newsmen.
The Controller in charge of Adamawa/Taraba Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, who was briefing newsmen on Tuesday on the development, said the suspects were arrested in a warehouse in Yola.
The Concerned Youth Empowerment Association of Nigeria says rice dealers were taking undue advantage of the closure of Nigerian borders by exploiting ordinary citizens.
The National Chairman of RIPAN, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Maifata, and his Vice-Chairman, Paul Eluhaiwe, disclosed this to journalists Thursday in Abuja after an intensive border and port survey by the association.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Muhammad Garba, made the disclosure during an inspection of the items in Lagos on Monday.
The German Government, with support from the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation, has provided two million Euros for implementation of the second phase of the Competitive African Rice Initiative in the country
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria on Tuesday said Nigeria had hit an annual production of 8 million metric tonnes of rice production, with a target of 18 million metric tonnes by 2023.
The National Bureau of Statistics said average price of one kilogramme (kg) of rice (imported high quality sold loose) decreased month-on-month in March.
The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria has raised the alarm that over one million metric tons of rice was smuggled into Nigeria in the last three months.