The Lagos State Government continues to stay true to its process of increasing the local manufacturing sector. The state in its bid to actualize the Memorandum of Understanding between Lagos and Kebbi State on rice cultivation materializes, on Tuesday, 12th of April 2016, His Excellency Governor, Akinwunmi Ambodeinspected the Imota Rice Processing Factory in Ikorodu.
During the inspection exercise, His Excellency, Governor, Akinwunmi Ambodewas briefed on the present production capability of the Rice Mill, which is presently at 2,500 metric tonnes/ hour. His Excellency was briefed on the inadequacies of the rice mill which includes its low capacity to Parboil and dry effectively.
“This is the only platform we can use to allow the inflow of rice paddy from Kebbi State. You will all recall that we just signed an MoU with Kebbi State and the intention is that we want a consistent flow of raw materials to come so that the era of importing rice from abroad would become a thing of the past, he said aside Kebbi State, Lagos is also looking at possible partnership with other states, saying that on the long run, such collaboration will ensure that residents can consume locally processed rice within the next six months.
The Governor said that a process to make the mill private sector driven will commence immediately, adding that a vibrant infrastructure that will attract the best professionals and experts to manage the facility would be put in place.
“This is a major investment and we cannot allow it to rot away. So in the next three to six months, when we come back here, we must be eating Eko Rice,” Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said.