Lagos state govt postpones inauguration of Imota rice mill

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The Lagos state government says the Imota rice mill will be ready for inauguration in 10 weeks.

Abisola Olusanya, the state commissioner for agriculture, said this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

She said the contractors have started test-running the mill.

The rice mill is a 32-metric-ton-per-hour project being constructed by the state government in Imota, Ikorodu.

The mill is expected to produce 2.8 million bags of 50kg bags of rice yearly, while generating 1,500 direct jobs and 254,000 indirect jobs.

But the project, which has been undergoing construction since 2017, has been experiencing delays in terms of completion.

The inauguration of the project has been postponed more than three times.

The last time it was postponed was last year, when governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said it would begin operations before the end of the first quarter of 2022.