Lagosians will be able to purchase rice at a subsidised rate just in time for the holidays.
The Lagos State Government on Friday said it would commence the sale of Lake Rice from next week at N13,000 per 50kg bag.
The state government had earlier promised to commence sale on December 15, but had to put it on hold to ensure that plots to hijack the project was averted.
The Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Mr. Sanni Okanlawan made the disclosure during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit.
According to NAN reports, 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.”
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 signed an MoU with the Kebbi State Government to produce rice paddy to be milled and packaged in Lagos State in March, 2016.