The Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Dave Umahi, told a delegation of military officers from the Command and Staff College, Jaji on a courtesy call on him, that he would lead a task force of senior government officials to enforce the ban on foreign rice in markets throughout his state.
He justified this intention by pointing out that most brands of rice brought into the state were not parboiled, which means they would “become poisonous” after six months. Every rice dealer would have to present a certification of the quality of the rice they stock or face the wrath of the task force.
On the face of it, this measure is commendable for several reasons. The first is that, in the face of scarcity of foreign exchange for the importation of rice, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had since last year placed rice among the 41 products for which forex would not be granted to importers. Read more