Abaka­liki rice un­fit for con­sump­tion –Elechi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Ebonyi State Gover­nor Chief Martin Elechi yes­ter­day said the poor en­vi­ron­ment in which the Abaka­liki rice is be­ing pro­cessed makes it un­fit for con­sump­tion.

Chief Elechi who spoke at a town hall meet­ing held at the Women De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre, Abaka­liki, added that the ini­tia­tive of the govern­ment to re­lo­cate the rice clus­ters from their present lo­ca­tion was to pre­vent the en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ard it poses to the people.

“The right of our rice millers to seek re­dress in court of law is ap­pre­ci­ated, no­body will deny them that but we too think that our right to have de­cent liveli­hood must be rec­og­nized by rice millers. Any­one who goes there to see the con­di­tion in which rice is be­ing pro­cessed will not eat that rice”, he said. It would be re­called that the as­so­ci­a­tion had lost the case at the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court, Enugu but ap­pealed the judg­ment. Elechi said his govern­ment would ju­di­ciously make use of the N15 bil­lion bond re­cently ap­proved by the state House of As­sem­bly. He how­ever re­it­er­ated his readi­ness to seek an­other loan be­fore the end of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, stress­ing that the pur­pose of the bond was to com­plete on­go­ing projects.

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