Col. Hameed Alli (Rtd.), Comptroller-General, NCS

Customs admits NAFDAC didn’t inspect rice, dismisses Oyo State officials

* Says only FMA top personnel tested, certified rice good before distribution

* Insists rice distributed to Oyo Government fit for human consumption

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The last may not have been heard in the distribution of the controversial palliative rice to the Oyo State Government, the Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has owned up that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) was not invited to test and certify that the rice distributed to the Oyo State Government was fit for consumption.

It was gathered Command, however, explained that before the rice was loaded and distributed, top officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states), tested and certified it good.

Recall that earlier, the Management of the NCS and the Federal Government, through the office of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, had declared that the 1, 800 bags of alleged weevils-infested rice which the Oyo State Government pronounced unfit for human consumption and rejected was certified by NAFDAC.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, NAFDAC, on a recent television programme had denied that on “the one for Oyo State, I cannot say anything because NAFDAC was not called. So, I cannot say anything about that because NAFDAC was not called to Ibadan.” “I don’t know why NAFDAC was not called to take samples for the Oyo State (NCS) Command.”

Clarifying its position of the matter, Abiola Abdullahi-Lagos, Spokesman for Oyo/Osun Command, Thursday, April 30 said not NAFDAC but officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, led by the Permanent Secretary and top officials of the Oyo State Government inspected and certified the rice before onward distribution to the Oyo State Government, reports The Nation.

On why it was only Oyo State Government that complained about the fitness of the rice, Abdullahi-Lagos said the controversial bags of suspected weevils-infested rice was not collected back from the officials of Oyo State Government because the decision to distribute the rice came from the NCS Headquarters, and the decision to receive the rice back would also come from the Headquarters.

“Actually, the decision to distribute rice is not the Command’s. To take back the rice should not be the Command’s decision. So, the proper channel should be communicated,” he stated.

He, nonetheless, insisted that the rice distributed to the Oyo State Government was good.

The NCS Oyo/Osun Command Spokesman said before the bags of rice were loaded, officials of the state government were present and inspected them before loading began.

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