The Oyo State Government has rejected food donations from the Federal Government supposedly meant to be a relief package of some sort for the ongoing global crisis.
Some 1800 bags of rice delivered through the Nigeria Customs Service to the State were deemed unhealthy for consumption.
Executive Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agribusiness, Dr. Debo Akande, disclosed this on Friday shortly after the state committee on the distribution of relief materials and palliatives had inspected the food materials in storage.
Akande stated that as a result of the quality control inspection carried out repeatedly on the food donation from the Federal Government, the donation has now been rejected.
He, however, noted that the donated rice would be returned to the Nigeria Customs Service with the hope that it would be replaced with good quality ones.
The Federal Government had on Monday donated 6,000 bags of rice to Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states as part of a government effort to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people.
Mrs. Helen Ngozi, area controller of Oyo and Osun Command, who delivered the 6,000 bags of rice on behalf of the NCS to representatives of the four states at the service’s zonal headquarters in Ibadan, said the gesture was in fulfilment of the promise by the management of the customs to send palliatives to states.
Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News