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Minister debunks allegation on distributed rice

Minster of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq says it is untrue that the rice being distributed in parts of the country is unhealthy for consumption.

She made this known in Abuja while answering questions from journalists during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq explained that the rice was healthy for consumption and was assessed by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), issued clearance and certification made before distribution to states.

The Minster, maintained that the Federal Government was concerned about the well-being of Nigerians and appealed to citizens to consider stories making rounds as fake news.

She said it was also not true that the Ministry was also converting money meant for the Social Intervention Programmes as palliatives

“it is practically impossible for any Minister or Chief Executive to divert funds appropriated for a budget line for another, the TSA exists.”

The Minister said.

Nigeria Custom Service was directed to release 150 seized trucks of rice to the ministry to be handed over to states affected by the lock-down and other front-line states.

Some states in the South West had said the rice donated were infected and unhealthy for consumption.

Hadiza Abdulrahman

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