Abakaliki rice unfit for consumption –Elechi
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.