Before you buy that next bag of rice and store at home, please read this.

Rice is a staple meal in Nigeria and every household eats at least three meals of rice weekly across Nigeria.

A statement by the forum’s Media and Public Affairs, Abulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said a communiqué issued by the forum in Abuja last week held that the imported rice contains poisonous substance that make people sick and even kill some who consume them.

“Governors expressed concern that Nigerians were either falling sick or losing their lives to the consumption of this substandard product even though some states have commenced elaborate efforts to produce rice in commercial quantity with a view to halting the nation’s over-reliance on staples that can be produced locally. 

“Most governors of the states that have already embraced the back to land mantra of this administration frowned at the situation where Nigerians snubbed the locally produced commodity in preference for foreign ones which were most of the time stale, contaminated or even fake,” the statement said. 

However, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali said that although some measures have and are being put in place to salvage the situation, border communities, however, are part of the challenges to curbing the menace. 

The Customs boss said this while briefing the Governors’ Forum on the way out of the killer rice danger.