Akinwumi Ambode, the governor of Lagos state during his inspection of the Imota Rice Processing Factory in Ikorodu, has promised residents of Lagos that they will start consuming Eko rice in six months.
In line with ensuring that the Memorandum of Understanding between Lagos and Kebbi states on rice cultivation materializes, the governor visited and inspected the Imota Rice Processing Factory in Ikorodu.
During the inspection exercise, the governor of the state was briefed on the present production capability of the rice mill, which is presently at 2,500 metric tonnes/hour and also the inadequacies of the mill which includes its low capacity to parboil and dry effectively.
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Ambode said, “This is the only platform we can use to allow the inflow of rice paddy from Kebbi state. You will all recall that we just signed an MoU with Kebbi state and the intention is that we want a consistent flow of raw materials to come so that the era of importing rice from abroad would become a thing of the past”. He also added that aside Kebbi, Lagos is also looking at possible partnership with other states, saying that on the long run, such collaboration will ensure that residents can consume locally processed rice within the next six months.
The governor said that a process to make the mill private sector driven will commence immediately, adding that a vibrant infrastructure will attract the best professional and experts to manage the facility would be set in motion. He added that, this is a major investment that cannot be allowed to rot away.
He promised that in the next three to six months, “when we come back here, we must be eating Eko Rice”.