Local Rice Push: Govt. Still Gives Foreign Rice As Relief Material
There has been so much noise about the production of rice in Nigeria and its increase, but sometimes realities on ground leave one wondering if the figures are mere paper documentation or even propaganda.
When people are displaced in Nigeria as a result of mishap, the government usually comes to their rescue with materials.
But again, one will expect that rice, which is one of the items given out, should be the local rice that the government has spent so much money on, handing loans to farmers who grow rice.
Recently, so many persons were made homeless in Bayelsa State as a result of flooding and most of them were housed at different locations.
The water has started receding and the government decided to give relief materials to the people to help them restart life while they return to their homes.
One of the items they received was rice.
Bounce News had visited one of the places that these Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were kept and it was their final day at the uncompleted building in Igbogene, Yenagoa.
The people had waited patiently for the bags of rice, cooking oil, foams and other household items they could spot.
But rather than local Nigerian rice, it was none other than Caprice rice which was being distributed at the Igbogene IDP camp.
Over 400 bags of 50kg and 5kg rice were brought in by the Bayelsa State government for the IDPs.
The handing of of foreign rice to these IDPs whipped up questions, considering the amount of publicity that had been made about the increase in rice production, with the Central Bank of Nigeria recently coming out to say it has not allocated any foreign exchange to rice importation this year.
So, where is the local rice?
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