The Executive governor of Ondo state, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu has denied a report which was earlier reported that he rejected some bags that were was sent by the federal government to the state as part of the administration palliatives to ease the impact of the deadly COVID19 epidemic.
It was earlier reported that the Government of Ondo state rejected 1,800 spoiled and expired bags of rice which was sent to the state by the Federal Government. He was alleged to have ordered the return of the bags of rice sent to the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, as they were found to have been spoiled.
Akeredolu disclosed that the viral news about him rejecting the rice is disloyal, admitted that they discarded some bags of rice after they were found not suitable for consumption. He however countered the report in a tweet he shared today. He reacted to the report in a tweet he shared today on his official twitter handle.
He tweeted; “The news making rounds that we rejected rice from the FG is false. At no time did we reject anything from the Federal Government. We however have experienced similar issues experienced by other states with some of the bags of rice. Those not suitable for consumption will be discarded.
Nevertheless, the Ekiti State Government also denied returning the palliatives 1800 bags of rice donated to the state by the FG as Coronavirus relief material to Nigerians. The Coordinator of COVID19 Task Force and Director General, Office of Strategic Transformation and Delivery in Ekiti, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, dismissed the assertion of the rice being rejected. Bolaji said; “We did not reject nor return any rice to the Federal Government.
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