Joy, pain as Lagosians troop out to buy govt-owned rice


Thousands of Lagos residents, Thursday, besieged various centres across the state to buy LAKE rice, a locally produced rice borne out of a partnership between Lagos and Kebbi states.

The governors of the two states, Akinwunmi Ambode and Atiku Bagudu, had launched the rice on Wednesday with the aim of ensuring food security as well as show Nigeria’s ability as a producing nation.

20161222_123407According to the Lagos State government, the rice would be sold at N12,000, N6,000, and N2,500 for 50 kilogramme, 25kg, and 10kg bags respectively.



One man, one bag

PREMIUM TIMES‎ correspondents who monitored the sales of the rice across the three Senatorial district‎s in the state reported a mix of elation and disappointment from the residents.

At the Ikeja Grammar School, Oshodi, almost 400 people had gathered at the centre by 1020161222_124108a.m. while the truck conveying the bags of rice arrived at 12:30 p.m. An intending buyer was issued a slip to go make payment at a Zenith Bank branch at Bolade, some metres away, and return with the slips and a bank teller before receiving a bag of rice.

It was observed that the government’s policy of “one man, one bag” was strictly adhered to.‎

At the St. Agnes Nursery/Primary School, Maryland, intending buyers‎ turned up as early as 7 a.m. to await the sales of the rice which began three hours later. Accreditation was done and people were issued bank tellers to go make payment at a nearby Zenith Bank branch.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that some of the almost 300 buyers had already put down their names on Wednesday and got a head start ahead of the others.

Olalekan Adekoya, a resident, said the payment system was “shambolic.”

“As you can see, there is no POS, no ATM for payment. Bank officials are not even here,” Mr. Adekoya said.

“The stress is just too much‎. Government should make this thing work better with better logistic plans.”

20161222_123232Abiola Bashorun, another resident, said the rice would go a long way in helping Lagosians out of the current economic recession, adding that it would help those who can’t afford the commodity in the market.

“But government should make the payment system less stressful,” Miss Bashorun added.

At the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere, some buyers who arrived early said they would love to see the bags of rice before making any kind of payment.

‎Adekunle Olutayo, who owns a shop near the stadium, said he would confirm the quality of the rice before parting with his money.

“I am surprised that people are rushing to pay for an item they have not even seen,” Mr. Olutayo said, just before a consignment of the rice arrived.

“‎What if it does not meet the quality they expected? Will they be asking for refunds?”

But another trader, Ajoke Badmus, said she had no reason to believe that the state government would deal in sub-standard products.

“I have paid already,” Mrs. Badmus said.

“I know it can’t be sub-standard, the government knows the implication of that, they will rather not sell at all than sell something bad.”

Happy people

20161222_095843It was, however, not all tales of glooms at the centres where the rice was sold.

Muyideen Alanran said he was glad to be among the first to purchase the rice at the Ikeja Grammar School, Oshodi.

“I thank the State Government for giving us the opportunity because when we go outside,we know the cost of rice, but we thank the Lagos State Governor for this opportunity and we hope that more would be made available so that the process of purchasing would be easier,” he said.

“With the issue of plastic rice flooding the market, this is a safer option because we can trust the source.”

A resident, Alebiousu Olufunmilayo, said the cost of the LAKE RICE was “pocket-friendly.”

“I will like to tell Lagosains that this is for real. If they get to any of the centres, they should queue orderly and they will get the ‎rice,” she said.

At Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre (Rowe Park) in Yaba, residents were seen queuing orderly to buy the commodity at government approved prices.

Another resident, Alabi Aminat, who spoke to journalists after buying the product, said the development was a thing of joy, as there ‎was no discrimination in the sale of the commodity.

“I got here this morning and I was told I could pay through the POS and I did,” she said.

“The process was free and fair and the most commendable aspect is that the people in charge of selling the rice are not particular about whether you work with Lagos State Government or you belong to any tribe or creed, as long as you are a resident of the state, you are entitled to buy.

“I was allowed to buy one bag and I got 50kg at the N12, 000 price earlier announced by the government. They just told us to stay on the queue and when it is your turn, you will be asked to pay and take away your rice. It’s as simple as that.”


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  • T-Rex

    Good one,kudos to Lagos and Kebbi states governors.

  • Rufus

    only through collaboration can we succeed….

  • John

    GBAGAM! GBAGAM!!This is to inform the General Republic, concerning the; Purchase of Dangote 3X Cement at a promo price of #1000 per bag and rice at a promo price of #8500 per bag. Transportation for cement is #150 per bag and rice is #500 per bag. Contact the Sales Manager, Pastor Isaac Umoru on 07038534730. NOTE: COST OF TRANSPORTATION IS MADE BEFORE DELIVERY.

  • musa aliyu

    This is marvelous.

  • Dán-gote Cément factory

    This is to inform republic that DAN-G0TE3XCEMENT is now sold direct from the factory for a promo price of #1200 per bag and #300 to deliver per bag,buyers can order a minimum of 100bags,trailer load of 600bags,trailer load of 900bags and above,contact the sales manager Mr Makoju Joseph on 2348O36909383 or assistant Mrs Grace on 2348O60478998to get 50 rice 50kg for #9000 per bag and #1000 to deliver per bag minimum of 50bags and above delivery is national…

  • Peter_Edo

    So its REAL!!!!!


  • Manmbombano123

    Nigeria Shall be great AGAIN

  • Manmbombano123

    I know the success of this collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi States have shut the mouth of many naysayers who does not wish Nigeria well. I hope the Governors of the South East and South South are watching, especially that clown in Imo State and the Tug in Rivers State

  • Rommel

    The Buhari revolution is beginning to materialize,every state has what it can contribute to Nigeria,mental laziness is what has kept Nigeria down,the APC is here to stay and many such things will be rolled out as time goes on

    • John A

      So 2016 budget was tp produce only rice and you are celebrating?

      • Rommel

        it’s a start,had Dumbo’s agric development story been real,we would have moved inches nearer to where we are going

        • Noble

          Dont waste your time to explain to the guy above you. He maybe part of those praying the drive to success should fail. Some people said is not possible, now it is a dream come through.

  • So oju abe niko

    This is a throwback to Buhari/Idiagbon essential commodities queues of 1984/85. Governments simply have no business in production and distribution of food in a functioning economies. It should be left in private hands. Other than the good optics for the politicians, the is an empty gesture with barely any benefit to the economy.

    Less than 20% of the population have N12,000 to tie down on one food. The overwhelming majority of those who are typically wealthy enough to keep a bag of rice at home will typically not queue for 3-6 hours to buy a bag of rice to save N2000-N5000. As a result, the majority of the people queueing for this rice are doing so for mercantile reasons; many are not buying the rice for their private use. An average queue in this type of situation may consist of 2-4 members of the same (or extended) family. If the rice was released commercially, it would have been no more than N14,000-16,000, given that the preferred imported rice are now going for N18.000-N20,000. The society would have been better off with this rice released commercially.

    • Remi

      All you do is complain. No useful suggestions. You are sad that you were not opportune to corner the market. You will prefer it is sold commercially for N14,000. How wicked can you be. It does not occur to you that your days of bringing in sub standard rice at exorbitant prices are over & the foreign exchange used can be spent on some things more productive for our economy. For your information, Ebonyi sells its own for N8000 implying that the price will likely crash further and our teeming population can start feeding well. I was not surprised that the same man complaining about the quality of the product will rush to buy substandard one from thailand with its numerous health implication. I wonder whether the man has asked himself why all of a sudden young people are developing diseases (kidney etc) hitherto found in old people of yester years and our food are mainly imported. Naturally such countries cannot export the best foods and with Nigerians business men asking them substandard products your guess as to source of our medical problems is as good as mine.

      • So oju abe niko

        “All you do is complain. No useful suggestions” – Dear Remi, I made a useful suggestion. To restate it, government has no business in distribution and sales of food. Let private commerce handle what they do best. Socialism doesn’t generate wealth. Healthy capitalism does. The majority of the rice being sold is not going to the people that will use them directly; they are simply going to be resold by the people that queued up for 3-6 hrs. In the end, this gesture is not going to achieve the objective of making the food more affordable. Most of the end users of the rice will still end up paying what they would have paid in the store in the first instance.

        Notice that when the government first announce the sales of this rice, it was pegged at N13,000. However, it is now being sold for N12,000 because price of rice and other foods in the market have come down substantially in the last month, due to the ongoing harvests. It is the principle of demand and supply at work. Government is doing nobody a favour by trying (or pretending) to upend this natural principle, because they simply cannot. We are all for helping the common man, but you and the government are simply going about it wrongly.

    • OGK

      Hear the shylock, good for nothing Nigerian. Someone prepared a soup, you complained he should be hanged because it was tasteless. So, what do you do for someone who refused to prepare soup. Oloriburuku,somebody, aburo Fayose, cousin Ibori.

      • So oju abe niko

        Young man or woman, you have also proven my point here. It is job of government to create an enabling environment for commerce and industry, thorough the provision of general infrastructures and the development of manpower (facilitation of education and technical skill acquisition). It is only a failed government that will leave its primary responsibility outlined above for the political populism of trading in subsidized rice. Now due to your lack of quality education (which the government failed to provide), you abandoned the issue to insult someone your grandparent age. This forum is for debate. Well-bred and educated people do not resort to insult people on account of differing opinions. Your insults are clearly more applicable to your grandparents than me.
        Lagos state has no drinkable tap water anywhere in the state since at least 1995. This is a public health issue that should concern any serious government more than trading in the rice.

  • sammyctu ode

    It’s a very good initiative between the two States, more states should collaborate on food production. This is the kind of good initiative a thug like wike should be doing by creating fish farms all over Rivers state for his people and Nigeria instead of behaving like a deranged area boy on TV daily and disturbing the peace of Nigeria. This is another monster created by Jonathan and he is ruining rivers state. Useless thug wike.