Ebonyi State government has reopened Abakaliki Rice Mill Limited after being shut down owing to the poisonous bags of rice that were allegedly found in the mill.
Governor of the State, Mr. David Umahi ordered the closing of the mill on last week, when the state ministry of environment received reports of bags of rice allegedly labeled ‘not fit for human consumption’ in the mill.
During a news conference in Abakaliki, Leader of the inter-ministerial committee, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, set up to investigate the matter, revealed to that the Rice all adulterated products had been evacuated, the mill sanitized and poisonous products confiscated.
He further stated that, “The state governor reopened the mill to save innocent millers and buyers from untold economic losses and also due to the mill’s importance to the state’s economic survival.”
“Ebonyi citizens and buyers from across the country are hereby assured that the suspected products have been identified and evacuated, so they could freely process and purchase rice from the mill,” He assured.
He however said shops that were confiscated due to poisonous products will remain shut till investigations are concluded.
“Citizens who purchased rice from the mill within the period under scrutiny should present such products to the concerned ministries of health, agriculture, environment among others, for thorough screening.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Environment Chief Donatus Njoku, disclosed that 317 bags were confiscated from 10 shops at the mill during the committee’s screening exercise.