As claims and counter-claims continue to trail the 1,800 bags of rice given to Oyo State as stimulus package which the government of the state said, it’s not good for human consumption.
The Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Christiana Adeyeye on Tuesday during a live program, Journalists hangout on TVC cleared air on the issue.
When asked about the bags of rice distributed to Oyo State, she said:
I don’t know why NAFDAC wasn’t call to take samples from Oyo command to test, if we are not invited to take samples we can’t go there.
When asked, if the ones tested by the agency are good enough for consumption, she said:
The ones we tested were good enough and some of the samples are still in the lab in Oshodi, Lagos, I believe the ones we tested for Ogun state was distributed for Ogun, the IDI Iriko might have been distributed to Ogun too, but we don’t know where the one tested at Ikeja went, we didn’t test the ones from Oyo, because we were not invited to come and take samples.
When asked about how they got invited to take samples
She said, it’s the customs that invited us to take samples in all cases, the states government didn’t invite us at all. We usually respond to customs.
The anchor of the programme asked further that, If there are thousands of bags of rice at the warehouse, is it possible that some might be good while others might have spoilt?
Well, in a typical warehouse, there are hundreds, if not thousands of bags of rice, we usually take samples from the middle, the side, just to be sure that it’s as random as possible. The samples that we got, we found out they are good for consumption. Those are the ones from Ikeja, Ogun and from IDI Iroko, she stated.
Recall that Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said the bags of rice distributed to some states were certified NAFDAC before they were handed over to the states government.