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Rice Mills May Shut Down in Nigeria

Rice Mills May Shut Down in Nigeria

Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) on Thursday condemned the attack on its members’ assets in some parts of the country, saying they may be forced to shut down some of their plants if the destruction their mills by miscreants do not stop.

“RIMAN is shocked and sad at the level of havoc that was carried out on these rice mills and other government and private properties within the country,” the association’s National President, Peter Dama, said in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday.

He said some of the affected mills included Shamad Rice Mill, Yola and Glams Foods, Lagos.

He added, “The resultant impact on these rice mills will create some deficits in our members’ contribution to national food security and rice value chain, as the affected rice mills will be shut down for a while at this critical period with huge debts to pay.

“Regrettably, during these attacks, tonnes of milled rice, paddy, furniture, machines, equipment and operational vehicles were destroyed and looted, while some parts of buildings were set ablaze.”

The association urged Nigerian Youths to sheath their swords since they had spoken loud and clear, adding that the government had heard their demands.


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