Government shares 5,400 bags of rice as palliatives among 3 more states

* NAFDAC has checked, certified rice as good for human consumption ─Nigeria Customs

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect
As part of palliatives to Nigerians amid the Coronavirus lockdowns, the Federal Government of Nigeria has donated 5,400 bags of 50kg rice and other relief items to Anambra, Nasarawa and Sokoto states to cushion the effect of the current stay-at-home directive occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

Agency report says the relief items Wednesday, April 29 were loaded into nine trucks from the Seme Border Customs warehouse for onward delivery to the people of the three states.

Mrs. Kemi Adedeji, Lagos State Coordinator, National Social Safety Net Project, presented the items to officials of the three states on behalf of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Mrs. Adedeji said the gesture was in fulfillment of Federal Government’s promise to cushion effects of Coronavirus disease.

The Lagos State Coordinator of National Social Safety Net Project emphasised that the palliatives, which included 98 jerrycans of vegetable oil, should be distributed to indigent people in the states.

Adedeji urged the officials of the three state governments of Anambra, Nasarawa and Sokoto to ensure that the relief materials get to those it was intended for.

Dalha Wada, Acting Customs Area Comptroller, in Seme, while releasing the relief items, disclosed that Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), Comptroller-General of Customs, had directed release of the relief items as palliatives to the states in compliance with Federal Government’s directive.

The customs boss said that the items had been checked and certified as good for human consumption by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Meanwhile, Mrs. Uloma Wise, Anambra State Liaison Officer in Lagos, who received the items on behalf of the Anambra State Government, the thanked the Federal Government for the assistance.

Wise promised that the relief materials would be distributed among the needy in the state.

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