Rice Millers To Shut Down Plants Over Looting




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Rice millers on declared they would shut down some of their plants in some parts of the country following the destruction of some of their mills by protesters during the widespread #EndSARS protests.

 

Dealers under the aegis of Rice Millers of said they were taken aback at the devastating destruction and looting carried against of RIMAN.

“RIMAN is shocked and sad at the level of havoc was carried on these rice mills and other government and private properties within the country,” the National President, Peter Dama, said.

He added, “The resultant impact on these rice mills will create some deficits in our ’ 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 huge debts to pay.”

Dama, who disclosed this in statement issued in Abuja by RIMAN and signed by its president, stated some of the affected mills included Shamad Rice Mill, Yola; Glams Foods, .

He said, “This act is condemnable, highly regrettable and insensitive.

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

RIMAN therefore called on government to urgently assist the rice millers funds to rebuild and restock to commence their operations, as most of them took loans to run their businesses.

It also appealed to government to adequate security coverage to rice mills that were under threat in order to avert future occurrence.

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

It said the youths should therefore retreat and await the implementation of government .

 

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