Officials of the Oyo state government have been barred by men of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) from returning the spoilt 1800 bags of rice rejected by the state government as COVID-19 palliative.
The officials led by the commissioner for agriculture, Hon Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle on Wednesday visited the Oyo/Osun headquarters of the NCS with truckloads of the rejected bags of rice.
Speaking with journalists, the commissioner for agriculture Ojemuyiwa said the state government had written to the agency to intimate the agency of plans to return the unhealthy rice not fit for consumption but was surprised men of the NCS had barred the government from returning the federal government palliative.
Hon Ojemuyiwa however stressed that the motive was not with any iota of mischief but an attempt to perhaps get better quality fit for consumption of the people.
However the commissioner for agriculture hinting on the state government’s further plans, noted that with the new line of development, officials of the state government would report the situation to higher authorities of the Oyo state government on possible way forward.
Public relations officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun command, Abdullah-Lagos Abiola who declined official comment, insisted that the command had not receive any directive to receive the return rice.