Yesterday, 8th December, the Lagos State Government said it was ready to roll out Rice on December 15 to Lagosians at N13,000 per 50 kg for the Yuletide celebrations.
Sanni Okanlawan, Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, made the disclosure during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit.
According to him, the brand of rice to be auctioned for the Christmas bonanza is ‘Lake Rice,’ which is a new product manufactured in collaboration with Kebbi state.
Okanlawan said that sales of the rice would be made at all the 57 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to ensure proper distribution.
“Lake Rice is the acronym of both Lagos and Kebbi States joint product which will be out to the public on December 15 at the rate 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 LGAs and LCDAs for easy accessibility and to guard against unwanted persons diverting the product.
“The state government has put in place a committee that will ensure that Lagosians have the best Christmas celebration, that is why we are offering the wholesome and well packaged rice,’’ Okanlawan said.
The special adviser also said that the state had established a Department of Agribusiness, an Agriculture Trust Fund, and Commodity Exchange Market to be set up soon.
Considering the fact that a bag of rice now goes for about N27, 000, the price may increase as the Christmas draws near.
Therefore this Christmas bonanza is a well-thought out plan to help Nigerians [Lagosians] enjoy the end of year celebration.