More than 24 hours after the Lagos State Government (LASG) announced the locations where residents can purchase the much awaited Lake Rice, some residents across the State are yet have sight of the product.
As a result of this, residents have continued to worry if truly the rice will be available across board as earlier promised by the government or it will hoarded by government officers involved.
Checks by InsideMainland across the 11 locations dedicated for sales of the rice on the Lagos Mainland showed that only two locations have started selling.
The locations that have started so far are Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba and the Odogunyan Farm Service Centre, Ikorodu.
Presently, residents across dedicated centres at Maryland, Agege, Epe, Surulere, Badagry, Eredo, Ojo, Oshodi and Ajegunle are yet to even sight the rice.
When InsideMainland visited the SUBEB building dedicated for the sales of the rice at Maryland moments ago, it was discovered that the officials had moved to St. Agnes Nursery and Primary School premises. When contacted, an official of SUBEB who preferred anonymity told InsideMainland that “we still await the supply of the rice. We have been here for several hours but yet to hear from those who are meant to supply the products.”
When probed further for more details, she said “as I said earlier, we are yet to get update reports from the suppliers. Once we have that, the product will be available for sale in the School premises.”
Unconfirmed reports reaching InsideMainland have it that interested residents will have to show evidence of LASRRA registration before purchasing the rice.
You would recall that LASG earlier announced the sales of the Lake Rice will commence officially on Thursday, 15, December 2016, across dedicated spots in the State ahead of the yuletide season. The cost of the product is pegged at N12,000, N6,000 and N2,500 for 50kg, 25 kg and 10kgs respectively.