The Oyo State Government on Sunday 26th April 2020 explained that it rejected the 1,800 bags of rice meant as COVID-19 palliatives by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) because they were truly bad and unfit for consumption.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, who serves as a member of the COVID-19 Task Force, indicated that any claims to the contrary were a disservice to humanity and attempt at endangering the lives of the people in the state.
“No government that is worth its name would agree to serve its people with food items that are infested with weevils that are clearly visible to the eyes,” the statement read.
It recalled that on Friday, April 24, members of the Food Security sub-committee of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force embarked on an early morning meeting that lasted close to three hours.
The meeting was to review the report of the technical team that had been conducting tests on the 1,800 bags of 50kg rice presented to the state government by the Customs in respect of Federal Government’s COVID-19 palliatives.
“The Committee eventually invited the media, after coming to a conclusion that more than a majority of the 1,800 bags were not fit for human consumption as they had been infested with weevils that freely moved about on each of the bags kept at the storehouse in the Secretariat, Ibadan. The weevils were clearly noticeable as each of the warehouses were opened. Television cameras were allowed to film the bags of rice just to show the clear reasons why the bags were being returned.