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Those responsible for the death of three Queen’s College students must be prosecuted- Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has vowed to ensure those responsible for the deaths of three students of Queen’s College, Lagos, to be prosecuted. The school suffered an outbreak of Diarrhoea in February. Three students of the school died of the disease while many others were hospitalized.

Some of the students claim that a cat died in their water tanker and they were forced to still use the water to bath despite complains that the water was seriously smelling.
Lagos state government ordered the closure of the school but has now given a nod for it to be reopened tomorrow Saturday April 29th.
In a statement released by his special assistant on print media, Chuks Okocha, Saraki said an investigation would be conducted and those found guilty would be prosecuted.

“I will direct that when this matter comes to the floor as a motion. We will debate and make resolutions. Definitely, there must be an investigation. In every civilised society, it is very shameful that young girls could lose their lives in this kind of situation. The best we can do is to make sure that this kind of incident never happens again. Management must explain how the situation got to this level and anybody who is found responsible, necessarily, they must be prosecuted. I think this would have been easily avoided and we can’t continue to live in a society like this, I want to assure you that we will look into this. The ministry of education, must tell us what they have been doing. We are sure that there has been release of funds, what have they done with it? We need to sit down and ask ourselves what we really need to do to fix education in this country. We cannot continue to watch things get this bad. Any laws we need to amend or any law we need to introduce, we need to address that,” he said

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Oba of Lagos denies snubbing Ooni of Ife at public function

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has denied snubbing the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function some days ago. A video made rounds on social media showing the Oba of Lagos acknowledging the greeting of the Ooni of Ife in an unfriendly manner

Many Nigerians reacted to the video, calling out the Oba for being “rude” to the Ooni who is believed to be the most superior monarch in Yoruba land.

Speaking through one of his white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, the Lagos Monarch said he did not ignore the Ooni of Ife at the public function as being interpreted by many Nigerians. Lateef who spoke to newsmen at the palace of the Oba in Lagos, said the manner in which the Oba greeted the Ooni is the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a monarch in Lagos and that the Oba of Lagos was only trying to revive that culture which according to him is going extinct.

“The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos. If Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore, he would have turned his face away from Ooni. There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered Monarchs in Yoruba Land. Oba Akiolu was well represented at the coronation of Ooni of Ife, which attested to the fact that he does not disregard the office of Ooni Adeyeye. There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind. What happened that day was wrongly speculated by the social media to disrupt peace and order and misinterpret Oba Akiolu’s action. We just want to appeal to the social media to stop spreading wrong information. They should try and understand the reason behind every action carried out most especially by traditional rulers. Yoruba has a very rich culture. There is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife” he said

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Two Brazilians arrested at Lagos airport with N310m worth of cocaine

Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested two Brazilians, Dias Dos Santos Marcia Cristina, 36 and Lima Pereira Erick Diego, 20, over the illegal importation of canned, whitish substance which later tested positive for cocaine.
The female suspect, Dias Dos Santos Marcia Cristina was found with 9.400kg of cocaine in her bag while Lima Pereira Erick Diego was  found with 14.465kg of cocaine in his bag. According to NDLEA the seized illegal substance has an estimated street value of about N310 million.

A statement from the agency said the suspects who claimed to be tourists were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with the canned substance packed with their personal effects inside their luggage.

NDLEA Commander, Ahmadu Garba, at the Lagos airport said:

“Two Brazilian drug suspects, a male and a female have been arrested with cocaine at the arrival hall of the airport. The arrest took place during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight. The suspects travelled together from Sao ,Paulo, Brazil. During search operation, a total of 23.865kg of cocaine was found on them.”

However, the suspects have both denied any wrongdoing saying that they were in Nigeria for tourism.

 

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Policeman narrates the fierce gun battle that led to the kidnap of a notorious militant group in Lagos state

Five suspected militants were arrested by the Lagos State Police on the 17th of April following a fierce gun battle with the criminals at Ogijo in Ikorodu.

One of the officers of the Zonal Intervention Squad, ZIS, Zone 2 Lagos, who was present during the encounter with the criminals said the battle had been a tough one and the criminals proved to be very deadly but they succeeded in capturing some at Ogijo, while a few others escaped.

Among those arrested were; Tochukwu Ohanezim aka Almighty King of the Jungle; Oluwadamilare Ojo, Fatai Karounwi aka Kokoro, Akeju Adeniyi aka Tablet, Oyebanji Agboola and Innocent Ikechukwu.
The police officer, who refused to be named, said Tochukwu Ohanezim is the number 3 in their very notorious gang which is why he is called the Almighty King Of the Jungle. The number 1 and 2 succeeded in escaping and according to Almighty King Of The Jungle, they are now on the water, which is how they got into Lagos in the first place.
“These criminals are suspected militants. They came to Lagos through the water and from there they terrorize citizens. We got intel and went after them. They engaged is in a fight,” the policeman said.
“One of them, this one called Almighty King of the Jungle, he is their oga. During the fight, he was boasting. He said ‘If them no kill Osaze, them go kill Onome’. It’s a proverb. The other top members of their group escaped – Agboola, General, and Vice -, those are their names. During the fight, they were saying that before we will arrest them the village will suffer. This one called Almighty made the statement. They were so sure of themselves that they will succeed but their charm failed them,” he said.
LIB asked him how soon the suspects will be charged to court and he said further investigations will be carried out and hopefully, more people will be exposed. He stated that they were already calling some names and there is hope they will reveal more.
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INEC begins PVC distribution in Lagos April 29

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will begin distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State on April 29.
Femi Akinbiyi, Head of Publicity and Protocol, INEC in Lagos, said in a statement that the step was important, especially in preparation for the July 22 local government elections in the state.
He said: “INEC will as from Saturday, April 29 begin distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in all the 245 Registration Areas in the state.
“This is purely for the purpose of the Local Government elections coming up soonest in the state.
“The exercise is for those that have registered before but had not collected their PVCs. It will last for five Saturdays starting from Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 27.”
According to him, any eligible resident who is in doubt of the Registration Area of the Polling Unit of where he or she registered can contact the Electoral Officer for the local government.
“The nationwide Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise will commence throughout the state as from April 27 and remains continuous all the year round.
“The CVR will be in all the 20 INEC local government offices in the state between the hours of 9am and 3pm, excluding public holidays.
“All residents that have reached the age of 18 years after the last registration exercise are to come out and register.
“Also, all registered voters who have their Temporary Voters Cards but whose names are not on register of voters and those that are above 18 years but could not register in the last registration exercise are eligible to register.”
He said that registered voters who were seeking transfer of the PVC could also come for registration.Voter-register-INEC-2015-election-620x345

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Cashless policy: CBN suspends charges on large withdrawals

The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed Deposit Money Banks to suspend charges on over- the – counter or ATM withdrawals of above N500 , 000 or deposit of same amount.
The apex bank’ s Director , Banking and Payments System Department , Mr . Dipo Fatokun , in a circular dated April 20 , 2017 , said all the charges introduced in February, and meant to take effect from April 1 , 2017 , have been dropped .
“ For further clarification , the existing policy prior to the announcement of the new policy as earlier implemented in Lagos , Ogun, Kano, Abia , Anambra , Rivers states and the FCT shall remain .
“ For the avoidance of doubt , the old charges to be reverted to are as follows : an individual charge on withdrawals or lodgment limit is now three per cent.
“ Corporate accounts will be charged five per cent for withdrawal or lodgment of over N 3 m cash.
“ Henceforth, nothing will be charged as processing fees for lodgments, ” he said .
Fatokun directed banks to make all necessary refunds to customers with immediate effect .CBN-building

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Rashidi Yekini’s old mother wins N2m from millionaire game show

Alhaja Sikirat Yekini is the octogenarian mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini. She has complained of financial troubles since her son’s demise. On January 23, 2016, NAIJ.com Sports learnt that Sikiratu Yekini about her plight since the death of her son. And, we set out on a journey to Ijagbo, a town in Kwara state where she lives, and she exclusively revealed her ordeal. Following that visit, Nigerians reached out and helped her financially.

A man named Suraj Tunji Oyewale, a successful chattered accountant based in Lagos championed a course on his facebook page for some monetary contribution for Mama Sikiratu Yekini after reading our reports on what the woman has being going through, and in less than 48 hours, N220,000 was raised on behalf of the woman. Rashidi Yekini’s old mother with her N2m prize from millionaire game show Once again, help as come her way as she won N2million during her appearance on the popular TV show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.

According to Daily Trust, she was assisted by Pa Dejumo Lewis and Binta Ayo Mogaji-Oduleye during its recent annual special edition tagged “Who Deserves to Be a Millionaire?” Alhaja Yekini, happily said: “Also, I am getting to realize that there are still some good people in our midst. Everything is still like a dream to me”, she said in a chat after the show. “When the representative of this company contacted me that he would be coming to visit me‎, all the way from Lagos, and that I should consider him as one of my sons, I could not believe it. He said they wanted to celebrate with me and reward me. He now said something that touched my heart: “we want to do part of what Rashidi would have further done for you if he had been around”. Honestly, I was touched.” “Let me tell you, the essence of events like this in human life cannot be quantified! It gives longevity. That is the feeling I am having now. I am going to live longer. I have just seen life, yet again in another perspective.

“Also, maybe I should tell you that the organizers have assured me of their guidance to enable me spend the money meaningfully,” she concluded, saying the money won would be spent on food and medical needs. Meanwhile Yekini’s former team, the Super Eagles are preparing for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

 

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Tomato seller claims ownership of N250m cash found in Balogun market

Following the controversies rocking the nation over huge amount of cash recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a man has reportedly shown up at the Lagos office of anti-graft agency claiming ownership of the N250 million found at the Balogun Market, Lagos, on Monday, April 10.  EFCC source who did not want to be named informed Tribune that “a man came on Wednesday claiming the money belonged to him and that it was the proceeds of his trade in tomatoes.”

“We asked him what business fetched him the money, the man said he deals in bringing tomatoes from the North to sell in Lagos. We asked him why he did not put the money in bank, he said he does not use banks. Meanwhile the money is in bales with bank wrappers bearing stamps dated as recent as 6th April, 2017. A man who sells tomatoes is claiming ownership of the N250 million found at the Balogun Market, Lagos, on Monday, April 10. “The man was arrested, his statement taken but has been given an administrative bail as investigations continue,” The source also said that the money had been deposited with the Central Bank. As at the time of this report EFCC spokesperson in Lagos, Sammin Amadin, was yet to make a statement.

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Buhari has lied to Nigerians about his achievements – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari saying he lied to Nigerians with his claim that his government has fulfilled its campaign promises in just two years. While praying to God to allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to continue to guide Nigerians and help the country overcome the spirit of lies, deceit and betrayal, the party said: “We read with rude shock and utter dismay, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians and of particular interest is the paragraph that said: ‘In the almost two years of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians by improving security, especially in the North-East, sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to revitalize the economy’. Really? “These comments from Mr President are to say the least untrue and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years,” the party said in a statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The PDP says former President Buhari handed over a buoyant economy to Buhari On security, the PDP noted how former President Goodluck Jonathan made efforts to conquer Boko Haram and procured equipment despite stiff resistance from some of the western powers to sell weapons to Nigeria. This breakthrough, the party said, led to the successful dislodgment of the terrorists before the March 28, 2015 elections. “Nigerians can testify to the gallant display by the Nigerian Armed Forces that allowed elections to take place in virtually all the wards and local government areas of Borno, Adamawa, Kebbi and Gombe states, respectively.

“The result of the election from these states gave President Buhari the edge in the election. APC governors and officials who routinely condemn President Jonathan’s anti insurgency effort conveniently forgot that without the relative peace in those states at the time, there would have been no elections from which they could emerge as governors,” the party said adding that most of the achievements being claimed by Buhari were transferred by Jonathan. Concerning corruption, the party said the president actually failed despite the alleged success it has achieved in the fight. Dayo Adeyeye said the president lied to Nigerians “As we have mentioned in our previous statements, any war on corruption that is selective and targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition is a total failure. “The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction. Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centers without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The latest drama in town is the circus show of the discovery of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners. “The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The government is at the crossroad as the whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who owned the monies because undeniable evidence links the monies to the proceeds from the sale of turbines by the former governor of Rivers state and now minister of Transport, Hon Rotimi Amaechi. “It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015,” the party said. The party recalled how Jonathan’s government grew the economy from a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009 to one of $574 billion and how the party handed over a single digit inflation which is now 17.26 percent.

“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy. “The Buhari government is indeed clueless and had no economic plan until March 2017 when it launched the so-called recovery plan. The economy is at a standstill. “Major infrastructural developments that began with the previous administrations of the PDP have been abandoned. Power generation dwindled from over 5,000MW in 2015 to the present all-time low of less than 2,000MW. “The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja- Kaduna railroad which was 99 percent completed by the PDP administration,” the party said.

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SERAP to Buhari: Address Nigerians on ownership of N13bn recovered by EFCC

Human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to speak on the recovered $43.4m, N23m and £27,000 (N13bn) in order to clear the controversy surrounding the ownership of the funds. Punch reports that the group, in a statement on Sunday April 16 by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said heaven would not fall if the government unveiled the real owner of the recovered funds.

The group argued that government could not afford to keep the citizen speculating on the real owner of the funds, stressing that the new whistle-blower’s policy must be matched with transparency. President Muhammadu Buhari SERAP spoke against the background of claim and counter-claim of ownership of the recovered $43.4m, N23m and £27,000 by the National Intelligence Agency and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. The money was recovered last Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at Flat 7B No.16 Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The agency on the following day secured a court order temporarily forfeiting the money to the Federal GovernmenMuhammadu Buhari,Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,Ikoyi,Federal Government,National Intelligence Agency,advocacy group,Executive Director,Rivers State,ownership,whistle-blowers, Human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, President Muhammadu Buhari, Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, National Intelligence Agency , Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,  Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.t. “Democracy abhors secrecy, and for Nigerians to be able to hold elected leaders accountable, they must have access to information such as on the real identities of those behind the Ikoyi cash haul. “This transparency is fundamental to the operation of the government’s whistle-blower policy, and inextricably rooted in the notions of good governance and the rule of law under the 1999 Nigerian constitution (as amended),” SERAP stated.

It argued that keeping the nation in the dark on an issue such as the ownership of the Ikoyi funds was counter-productive to government’s anti-corruption fight, because it encourages lack of accountability and gives the impression that there was something the government was hiding from the masses. It added: “Public scrutiny is a prerequisite for changing harmful, entrenched practices. Rather than operating the whistle-blowers policy as hidden, mysterious mechanism at the far edge of democracy, this government should make the operation of policy more transparent and accessible to the public.

Both transparency and accountability are necessary to uphold the rights of victims of corruption and ensure that suspected perpetrators are held to account. The ‘sky will not fall’ if the true identities of those behind the Ikoyi cash haul are revealed.”

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$43m found in Lagos home not mine, says Amaechi

Minister of Transportation and immediate past Governor of Rivers State , Mr . Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has denied ownership of the $ 43 m found in a luxury apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos .
The former governor of Rivers State also denied any link with the house as well.
He said he has no business , link or connection to the money or property and that he does not know who owns the money or the apartment.
He also dismissed the claims by his successor , Mr . Nyesom Wike that the money belongs to him (Amaechi) .
Wike had alleged at a press conference on Friday night , that “ the money in question belongs to the former Rivers State Governor , Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. ”
He also insinuated that the “ houses’” in Ikoyi equally belong to the former governor Amaechi.
In a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja on Saturday, Amaechi described the claims as malicious , frivolous and another failed attempt by Wike to divert attention from the mess he has created in Rivers State.
According to the statement , “ Wike has stolen Rivers State dry . Wike and his gang have frittered billions of naira of Rivers people money away .
“ Rivers State is perpetually in crisis , the state in a mess as Wike has made a total mess of governance in the State . That child who sits there as governor is confused, he doesn ’ t know what to do . Wike ’ s only solution is to attack Amaechi.
“ Since he became governor, Wike sleeps and wakes up every day , with a sole , one – point agenda to attack and denigrate Rotimi Amaechi, no matter how ridiculous and silly he sounds .
“ Everyday in Rivers State , there is one frivolous, false story of what Amaechi did or didn ’ t do . Same pattern , the same blatant lies with no proof, same old concocted stories of corruption allegations against Amaechi told with different flavours.
“ At this rate, if Wike is unable to perform his spousal duties , he will blame it on Amaechi. Yes , that ’ s how despicably low he can go in his consuming fixation to throw mud at Amaechi. ”
“ This latest outburst by Wike is typical of him . We are aware that Wike first tried to float the fake news of Amaechi’ s ownership of the recovered $ 43 million and the Ikoyi house in the social media using his minions and lackeys , spending huge sums of Rivers money on the failed project.
“ His minions and lackeys were calling journalists , bloggers and media organisations to run the fake story with promises of almost irresistible mouth- watering compensation for using the fake story.
“ When that failed and the story didn ’ t gain traction that was when Wike decided to hurriedly hold the press conference Friday night , to rant and spew his outright lies , yet again without providing any proof of Amaechi’ s ownership of both the property and the money . ”
“ For clarity and emphasis , Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not the owner of the $ 43 million and the Ikoyi apartment in which the money was recovered from . Amaechi has no business , link or connection to the money or property . Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi does not know who owns the money or Ikoyi apartment. ”
Amaechi described Wike ’ s malicious allegation of corruption against Amaechi in the sale of the Gas Turbines as not new .
He said that the false claim had been punctured repeatedly with facts and evidence of the transfer payments for the power plants into Rivers State government accounts by Sahara Energy .
He said , “The records of how the funds were spent and what it was spent on are in the records of the State government . Amaechi has absolutely no business or any interest whatsoever in Sahara Energy. The company was already a thriving business concern before Amaechi’ s emergence as governor of Rivers State in 2007 .
“ We urge all right – thinking members of the public to completely disregard all the false , politically motivated no -proof claims by Nyesom Wike and his minions as it concerns Amaechi and the $ 43 million and Ikoyi property .
“ The false accusations by Wike is purely diversionary , a political smear campaign against Amaechi by Wike , while he steals Rivers State blind . The fake claims is a figment of the imagination of Wike , an ignoble fellow who ’ s so reckless , irresponsible , and disgraceful , and has debased the high office he holds in trust for the people.
“ Wike is a rabble – rouser and should not be taken seriously. He has made several false claims like this in the recent past and never went the whole length to prove it because he had no proof.
“ Many would recall how Wike was screaming all over national television stations just before the Rivers State legislative Rerun elections that he had an explosive video , containing earth -shaking revelations and he would show the video on national TV . Till date , no video , just talk and talk, telling more and more lies . ”
He challenged Wike to charge him to court if he has any shred of evidence that the money belongs to Rivers State and was kept in the Ikoyi apartment by him .
“ But like his numerous frivolous accusations in the past, we know he won ’ t go to court . He has nothing to substantiate his blatant lies . This Wike ’ s recent tale like his previous ones is a big sham , a disgraceful political drama , and a campaign of calumny to defame and destroy the sterling reputation of Rotimi Amaechi. This is now Wike ’ s sole life ambition, ” he added.
He urged Nigerians to note that “ Wike ’ s reckless, irresponsible and fictitious tirade against the President Buhari administration at his media briefing of Friday” was a declaration of war against the Federal Government.images

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Lagos State Government To Sell A Bag Of Rice For N13,000 Starting From Next Week

Starting from next week, the Lagos state government has promised to sell bags of rice at 13,000 each.

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The Lagos State Government on Friday said it could not commence the sale of its Lake Rice on December 15 as earlier planned to ensure that plots to hijack the project was averted.

The Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Mr. Sanni Okanlawan, said that the rice would now be on sale from next week

The government had planned to sell the rice at N13,000 per 50kg bag at the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development area headquarters from Dec. 15.

Okanlawon said the government was installing mechanisms for Lagosians to celebrate the best Yuletide without hiccups posed by money bags.

He said, “We are working out the modalities to make sure that what the government intends to sell at N13,000 was not hijacked and sold to Lagosians at N15,000, that is what we do not want.

“From all indications, hopefully, by next week Lake Rice will be out, so, we want everything to be in place before it is out.”

LASG had on December 8 promised that it was ready to roll out Lake Rice on December 15 to Lagosians at N13,000 per 50 kg towards the Yuletide celebrations.

The Special Adviser made the disclosure during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit.

He said, “Lake Rice is the acronym of both Lagos and Kebbi States joint product which will be out to the public on Dec. 15 at a cost of N13,000 per 50kg bag as it is already subsidised by the government.

“To make it more available, the rice will be sold at the 57 LGA’s and LCDA’s for easy accessibility and to guard against unwanted persons diverting the product, the state has put in place a committee.”

Lagos State had in March signed an MoU with the Kebbi State Government to produce rice paddy to be milled and packaged in Lagos State.