The Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday in Lagos took delivery of 135,580 bags of 50kg rice donated by the People’s Republic of China for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NEMA Director General, Mustapha Maihajja, was at Apapa Port where he received rice theconsignment loaded in 271 containers.
Maihajja said that the rice would be transported directly to various designated warehouses for distribution to victims of Book Haram insurgency in six states of the North East.
“The rice arrived in 271 containers and was being transported to the locations on Monday.
“ The Federal Government would be officially presented the consignment by the Chinese Government in one of the locations before direct distributions to the victims would commence,” he said.
On the quality of the rice, the NEMA boss said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and NAFDAC have tested samples of the rice and certified the product for consumption before accepting the gift.
Maihajja dismissed fears of diversion of the rice to private use, stressing that all security agencies would be involved in the transportation and distribution of the product.
“We have put in place security measures to ensure that the rice gets to the appropriate persons.
“The vehicles carrying the rice are being tracked. We have never had diversion of goods to IDPs before and there would be no problem with this rice, “ he assured. (NAN)