The one thing that cannot be taken from the Ambode administration is the ability to really grab problems by the scruff of the neck and solve them. The memorandum of understanding signed with the Kebbi state government for the production of Lake Rice couldn’t have come to fruition at a better time.
The price of rice is soaring in the market, adulterated rice is penetrating the market, and the festive period is here. What more could Lagos residents ask for than clean, cheap rice? And that is what Lake rice is. Coupled with the unbiased and transparent way Lagosians say the product is being distributed, it is definitely a plus for the Lagos governor, at least according to testimonies received.
“I bought a bag of rice. The initiative is indeed good. However, the crowd is huge. Controlling the crowd is equally tasking. People say the rice is delicious and of high quality.”- Mr. Kehinde Ibirola
“[It] saves cost and avoids buying adulterated rice, which have dominated our markets astronomic rise in the price of rice. We thank the state government for this initiative. We hope more will be made available and the process of purchasing easier. With the issue of plastic rice flooding the market, this is a safer option because we can trust the source “- Mr. Kehinde Alanran
“It [has] helped the masses to save about N10,000 at this time of national crisis. I will like to tell Lagos residents. I did not believe when I heard about this initiative. After I made payment, I came here and pick a bag of rice I paid for. The crowd is much, but the initiative is real.”- Mrs. Funmi Alebiousu
“I got here this morning. I was told I could pay through the POS. I did immediately. The process was free and fair. And the state officials are not particular about whether you work with Lagos State Government or you belong to any tribe. As long as you live, you are entitled to buy a bag. “I was allowed to buy only one bag. I purchased a 50-kg bag of rice at the N12,000. And there is no additional charge. The government officials only told us to queue. When it is your turn, you will be asked to pay and take away your rice. It is as simple process”- Mrs. Aminatu Alabi