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Imota Rice Mill ‘will commence’ production in 2022 – Sanwo-Olu

Special Adviser to the Governor on Rice Mill Initiative, Dr. Rotimi Fashola; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya and Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folasade Jaji during inspection at Ikorodu.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says funding for the completion of the Imota Rice mill in Ikorodu area will be given priority.

Mr Sanwo-Olu, who was carrying out an inspection of the rice mill in Ikorodu Local government, said the aim was to get it operational by the first quarter of 2022.

The governor promised that the Mill would be the biggest of its kind in the country and in Africa, although he complained that the project was being slowed down by the Covid-19 lockdown.

He also pledged that the Mill would make a significant difference in the production and supply of the commodity from next year.

“I am happy with what I am seeing on the site and we are working to meet the deadline for the pre-production test-run,” The governor said.

“We are going to charge on our contractors working on site to ensure that by the end of the first quarter, next year, this mill should have started operations; We are hoping that this mill will significantly reduce the pressure of rice in Lagos and some neighbouring States,” added.

According to the Lagos State government, the Imota Rice Mill is expected to create about 250,000 new jobs, with the capacity to churn out over 2 million 50kg bags of rice annually.

Governor Sanwo-Olu was accompanied by Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, and other cabinet members.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor