The agro-business scheme run by the Lagos State government in Kebbi State will put an end to the high cost of foodstuff in the Southwest, Chairman, Alimosho Local Government in Lagos, Mr. Ganiyu Quadri, said on Tuesday.
Specifically, the council boss said the price of a bag of rice, which is ₦18,500, will drop to ₦9,000 before December.
Quadri gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of Rotary Club of Akowonjo 9110, led by its District-Governor, Patrick Ikheloa, and President, Shola Abidakun.
According to the council chief, the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in Lagos swung into agro-business to ensure food security for its people.
“By the end of this year, or first quarter next year, things will change in Lagos. Already, we are into agro-business in Kebbi State. We have massive land on which we planted grains, among which is rice, our people’s staple food. And it is expected that the truck-loads of rice will storm Lagos soon.
“So, I can assure you that before the end of this year, the price of a bag of rice, which is ₦18,000, will drop to ₦9,000.”
Quadri, who regretted the financial strains in which councils found themselves, said one of the mandates of sole administrators was to see how they could pay up debts owed by councils.
Earlier, the Rotary Club’s President, Abidakun, who said the club was welcoming its governor, Ikheloa, to the district, stressed the need for partnership between the Rotary Club and government organs in alleviating the people’s suffering.
The Rotary Club also visited the Akowonjo Health Care Centre and donated mosquito nets and other clinical facilities.
It visited Little Saints Orphanage Home in Akowonjo, also donating foods, toiletries, beddings and others to the children.
A baby girl was born during the club’s visit to the Akowonjo Health Centre. Abidakun named the baby, ‘Sholape’, meaning, ‘the child’s prosperity is complete.’