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COVID-19: FG Sets To Distribute The Said "Poisonous Rice" To Poor Nigerians

In a bid to provide food security to Nigerians, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has revealed that the federal government has taken possession of 150 trucks of rice with the Nigerian Custom’s Service and would commence distribution to poor Nigerians across the country

She made this known Monday during a live press briefing in Abuja while answering questions from journalists on efforts of the government towards providing food security to it’s citizens during the lockdown period in some states, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world.

According to her, “The president has approved grains from strategic reserves, and the Nigerian Customs Service had in its custody, a lot of rice that have been seized, and there are 150 trucks of rice that are now being handed over to the humanitarian ministry for distribution across the states of the federation.”

It should be recalled that this is coming following recent calls on the federal government by well meaning Nigerians to order customs to release all seized rice in its custody to hungry Nigerians across the country.

On May 17, 2019, The comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), has warned Nigeria from eating foreign rice because it is poisonous.

Meanwhile, this said poisonous rice seized by Customs service is to be distributed by Federal Government to the poor Nigerians in the Covid-19 lockdown to aid food security. 

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