- If nothing drastic is done by the federal government the activities of hoodlums at rice mills will cause scarcity of the commodity very soon
- This was the alarm raised by the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) on Wednesday, October 28
- RIMAN, therefore called on the government to provide financial support for all its affected members nationwide
There are serious fears that Nigeria will face scarcity of rice in a short time as one of the major consequences of the havoc caused by hoodlums at mills during the EndSARS protest.
The concern was raised by the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) in a statement issued by Peter Dama, its Board of Trustee chairman, on Wednesday, October 28, The Sun reports.
Dama lamented that the parts of many rice mills across the federation were damaged by miscreants who carried out their destructive spree in the guise of the protests recently.
Apart from calling on the federal government to provide funds for its members who were victims of this evil acts, the association also solicited security from the government for rice millers in their various warehouses.
Advising the youths, RIMAN noted that they should in future make use of dialogue as a meaning and functional tool to air their grievances and make demands.
Part of the statement read:
“The resultant impacts on these Rice mills will create some deficits in our members’ contribution to the national food security and rice value chain, as the affected rice mills will be shut down for a while at this critical period with huge debts to pay.
“RIMAN, therefore, calls on Government to as a matter of urgency, assist the Rice millers with funds to rebuild and restock to commence their operations, as most of them, took bank facilities to answer the call by government to add to National Food Security deficit, particularly on Rice self-sufficiency in the country.
“RIMAN also appeals to government to provide adequate security coverage to Rice mills under threat, in order to avert future occurrence."
Meanwhile, a set of thugs destroyed a lot of BRT buses in Lagos. The miscreants were also seen with machetes looting shops around the area as the violence spread to Owode axis along the Ikorodu.
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