Lagos Residents Buying Lake Rice Queue Up. PICS

Lake Rice

Residents
of Lagos State on Thursday besieged the various sale centres across the
State to buy the much-anticipated LAKE RICE, with vast majority of the
people lauding the initiative of
government to introduce the commodity
at a critical time of the Yuletide season.

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LAKE RICE, which is
locally produced, came into being following a partnership between Lagos
State and Kebbi State, and was aimed at ensuring food security as well
as to showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation.

Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode and his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu
had launched the rice on Wednesday in Lagos, describing the development
as a great and historic moment not just for the two states but the
country at large.

As promised by Lagos State Government, the rice
was sold at a reduced price of N12, 000 for 50kg; N6000 for 25kg; and
N2,500 for 10kg.

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When our correspondent visited some of the
designated centres listed for the sale of the rice, it was discovered
that the commodity was available for sale with people queuing in an
orderly manner and waiting for their turn to buy.

In Oshodi, residents had besieged the Ikeja Grammar School in Bolade, Oshodi, the selling point for the sale of the LAKE RICE.

Speaking
to journalists shortly after successfully purchasing his bag of rice, a
resident, Alanran Muyideen Kehinde said he was glad to be among the
first.

He also urged Lagosians to patronise LAKE RICE as a means to guard against the incident of purchasing adulterated rice.

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“I
feel very happy, I feel encouraged. I also thank the State Government
for giving us the opportunity because when we go outside, we know the
cost of rice, but we thank the Lagos State Governor for this opportunity
and we hope that more would be made available so that
the process of purchasing would be easier.

“With the issue of plastic rice flooding the market, this is a safer option because we can trust the source,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs. Alebiousu Olufunmilayo said the cost of the LAKE RICE was pocket friendly.

“I
will like to tell Lagosains that this is for real. If they get to any
of the centres, they should queue orderly and they will get the rice,”
she said.

At Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre (Rowe Park) in Yaba,
residents were seen queuing orderly to buy the commodity at government
approved
prices.

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