The government of Oyo State has taken delivery of three truckloads of rice donated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The Controller of Customs for Oyo/Osun Area Command, Comptroller Helen Ngozi, who made the symbolic presentation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ibadan on Monday, said that Customs was donating three truckloads of rice each to Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states as parts of measures to cushion the hardship of Nigerians at this period.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Commissioner for Agriculture, Honourable Ojekunle Ojemuyiwa and the Executive Adviser to the governor on Agribusiness, Dr. Debo Akande, who took delivery of the donation on behalf of the government as promising to ensure that the palliative measures being planned by the State would reach those who need them the most.
The donation is said to be made up of 1,800 50-kilogramme bags of rice.
Speaking shortly after receiving the donation, the Commissioner for Agriculture assured the Customs that the State has put in a place a standard that would ensure that those really in need are reached directly.
Also speaking, the Executive Adviser to the governor on Agribusiness, Dr. Akande appreciated the Customs and the Federal Government, noting that the State would ensure the palliatives reach the most vulnerable in the society.
He said: “On behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde and the government of Oyo State, we appreciate the Nigeria Customs, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the Federal Government for this gesture.”
While presenting the donation, Comptroller Ngozi expressed appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs for the kind gesture in releasing the truckloads of rice for donations to the people at such a trying time as this.
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