Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State

Osun investigates adulterated rice distributed as economic palliatives

* Government pained by development, invites all suppliers of rice ─Commissioner

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
Following swathes of condemnations of the leadership by a broad spectrum of the residents for sharing purported expired rice them, the Osun State Government has initiated an investigation into some adulterated bags of rice distributed to the populace as relief palliatives to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in the state.

ConsumerConnect earlier had reported that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola Administration distributed 6,020 bags of rice Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

However, there were outcry and anger among the residents in certain parts of the state, as they complained bitterly about the quality and quantity of the foodstuff given to them.

Mrs. Funke Egbemode, Honourable Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, in a statement Saturday, April 11, said: “The government had received complaints that some of the distributed bags of rice may not have met the expected quality.”

Egbemode stated the state government’s dissatisfaction over the complaints it has received from the citizens that some bags of rice share were contaminated.

The Commissioner said “the state government was pained by the development and had immediately begun an investigation to establish the source of the affected few bags.

“The leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is particularly pained by this development, considering the fact that it has never compromised quality in its provision of economic stimulus for the people of Osun in spite of its limited resources.

According to Egbemode, “we are a responsible and responsive government that places a premium on the well-being of its people and would not do anything to jeopardise its citizens’ health.

“Upon receipt of the complaints, the State Government has immediately begun investigations to establish the source of the few bags that appear not to have met the quality expected.”

She noted that all the 6,020 bags of rice were purchased in the state, and the government has invited all suppliers to unravel the source of the problem.

“The state government had invited all suppliers and vendors from whom the relief materials were purchased, for questioning in order to identify the source of the problem.

“We assure our citizens that upon unravelling what went wrong, the State Government will take necessary punitive measures against the erring supplier(s) or vendor(s), including delisting such vendor from the Government’s directory and even proclaiming a disclaimer to that effect,” she added.

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