Residents of Lagos State on yesterday besieged the various sale centres across the state to buy the much-anticipated Lake Rice, with vast majority of the people lauding the initiative of government to introduce the commodity at a critical time of the Yuletide season.
Lake Rice, which is locally produced, came into being following a partnership between Lagos State and Kebbi State, and was aimed at ensuring food security as well as to showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation.
The name of the rice is a coinage from Lagos (La) and Kebbi (Ke).
The governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, launched the rice in Lagos, describing the development as a great and historic moment not just for the two states but the country at large.
As promised by Lagos State Government, the rice was sold at a reduced price of N12, 000 for 50kg; N6000 for 25kg; and N2,500 for 10kg.
At the designated centres listed for the sale of the rice, it was discovered that the commodity was available for sale with people queuing in an orderly manner and waiting for their turn to buy.
In Oshodi, residents had besieged the Ikeja Grammar School in Bolade, Oshodi, the selling point for the sale of the rice.
Speaking to journalists shortly after successfully purchasing his bag of rice, a resident, Alanran Muyideen Kehinde, said he was glad to be among the first.
He also urged Lagosians to patronise Lake Rice as a means to guard against the incident of purchasing adulterated rice.
“I feel very happy, I feel encouraged. I also 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.
“With the issue of plastic rice flooding the market, this is a safer option because we can trust the source,” he said.
Some residents however urge the Government to sustain the sale of the rice beyond the Yuletide season.