Rice millers under the aegis of Rice Millers Association on Thursday declared that they wil be shutting down some of their plants in some parts of the country following the destruction of some of their mills by protesters and hoodlums during the widespread #EndSARS protests.
In a statement released, the National Chairman of the millers association, Peter Dama, says the association is devastated by the destruction and looting carried out against members of RIMAN. He said the resulting effect is that some mills will be shut down for now and this will inadvertently cause a deficit in the contribution to national food security and rice value chain.
“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.
He added, that “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.”
RIMAN, therefore, called on the government to urgently assist the rice millers with funds to rebuild and restock to commence their operations, as most of them took loans to run their businesses.
It also appealed to the government to provide adequate security coverage to rice mills that were under threat to avert future occurrence.