Agriculture

Customs Service Rejects Oyo Govt.’s Bid to Return Alleged Infested Rice

The controversy trailing the 1,800 bags of rice given to the Oyo State by the Federal Government as palliative on Covid-19 took another dimension.

This followed the rejection of the rice by Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command Headquarters Ibadan to accept the return of the alleged 1800 infested bags of rice brought to it by the Oyo State Government.

Oyo State’s delegation led by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Jacob Ojemuyiwa was denied entrance into the premises of the Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command.

Addressing journalists on the development, Mr Ojemuyiwa noted that the state government had written a letter to the Nigeria Customs Service on its decision to return the alleged infested rice.

Mr Ojemuyiwa expressed shock over entrance denial into the Customs premises to return the rice.

The Commissioner for Agriculture in the state said the incident would be reported back to the executive council for further steps.

He however explained that the motive was not with any iota of mischief but an attempt to perhaps get better quality rice fit for consumption of the people.

Reacting, the Public Relations Officer of Oyo/Osun Area Command of NCS, Mr Abdullahi-Lagos Abiola said the command could not accept the rice as there was no directive from NCS headquarters in Abuja to that effect.

Mr Abiola maintained that NCS would not accept the alleged infected rice until there was proper communication.

Iyabo Adebisi/Rasheeda Makinde

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