Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has said the 1,800 bags of rice donated to the state by the Federal Government as a measure to cushion the disruption impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) may not be safe for human consumption.
Governor Emmanuel stated this at a press briefing in Uyo, the state capital, on Monday.
According to the governor, the bags of rice has shown serious signs of decay due to it been stored in a location for a while.
He directed that the rice must be subjected to a scientific test to ascertain whether it can be distributed to the people of the state.
“For the relief materials from the Federal Government, we got 1800 bags of custom bonded warehouse rice. That gift is not good for me to distribute to my citizens. We have sent it for the test, but it doesn’t look good enough for consumption” he said
Governor Emmanuel, who declared that the life of any citizen of Akwa Ibom is as important as the life of the Governor, pledged to do everything within his powers to keep Akwa Ibom and her people safe.
He assured residents of the state that he will continue to do everything possible to invest more in the health sector.