Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) has appeals to the federal government to urgently compensate millers whose mills were attacked, vandalised and looted.
It also urged the government to provide adequate security coverage to Rice mills under threat, in order to avert future occurrence.
The Association in a statement signed by the National President, Mr Peter Dama, sais the association is taken a back at the devastating destructions, lootings carried out against its members, amongst whom are Shamad Rice Mill, Yola, Glams Foods Lagos and several others by hoodlums and miscreants under the guise of EndSARS protest.
Saying the act is condemnable, highly regrettable and insensitive, regrettably, as tons of milled Rice, Paddy, furniture machines equipment and operational vehicles at the premises, of these Rice mills were destroyed and looted while some parts of buildings were set ablaze.
Dama said the resultant impacts of the attack on these rice mills will create some deficits in his members contribution to the National Food Security and Rice Value Chain, as the affected Rice mills will be shot down for a while at this critical period despite huge debts to pay.
“RIMAN therefore calls on Government to as a matter of urgency, assist the Rice millers with funds to rebuild and restock to commence their operations, as most of them, took bank facilities to answer the call by government to add to National Food Security deficit, particularly on Rice self-sufficiency in the country.
‘RIMAN also appeals to government to provide adequate security coverage to Rice mills under threat, inorder to avert future occurrence.
“And also appealed that those whose properties valuable assets, milling equipments, were destroyed, vandalized or looted, should be compensated on time so that they can resume operations,” he said.
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