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Member of the House of Representatives, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe had stated that no bags of rice were released by the Federal Government for her Constituency, Oluyole, as palliative.

The legislator, who Chairs the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges said this on Thursday while reacting to inquiries and concerns regarding palliative rice distribution in Oluyole Federal Constituency.

Akande-Sadipe said her Constituency was indeed enlisted as a beneficiary of the rice palliative, however neither cash nor food products have been received on behalf of Oluyole Federal Constituency.

“It is crucial to clarify that while my constituency was indeed listed as a beneficiary for rice palliative, as of today, March 12th, 2024, neither cash nor food products have been received by me on behalf of Oluyole Federal Constituency”.

Her claims:

“The process commenced when the Ministry of Agriculture issued a Letter of Award to a contractor on December 15th, 2023. Subsequently, the contractor submitted the acceptance letter on December 18th, 2023 and reached out to me. However, due to procedural changes initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, there was some delay as the Bank of Agriculture’s Bill of Quantities (BoQ) initially issued to the contractor, was canceled, and replaced with a new BoQ issued by the Ministry of Agriculture on January 23rd, 2024”.

“Following the completion of necessary procedures, including the signing of the legal agreement on January 30th, 2024, the contractor informed me that he was facing challenges due to the significant increase in the price of rice as the price of rice had risen to between N75,0000.00 and N80,000.00 as opposed to N40,000.00 to N45,000.00 per bag. Understandably, the contractor opted to wait for a more favorable pricing scenario before proceeding with the supply as the award was no longer realistic for him or any other supplier at the BOQ price”.

“Despite these delays, I have maintained active communication with the contractor advocating for a resolution that ensures my constituents benefit”.

“Furthermore, during a visit to the Task Community Relationship Volunteer Group (TASKCRV) Oluyole on March 4th, 2024, I provided a detailed explanation of the situation, emphasizing the challenges faced and my commitment to ensuring transparent and efficient distribution once the rice is received”.

“It’s essential to clarify that while an allocation has been made, it does not signify actual receipt or possession of the palliative. As soon as the contractor fulfills its obligation, I would ensure prompt distribution of the rice to the intended beneficiaries in Oluyole Federal Constituency, ensuring transparency and accountability in the process”.

“I am providing this response in good faith, believing in the importance of transparency and accountability to the constituents. I hope this explanation alleviates any concerns and underscores my dedication to serving the people of Oluyole Federal Constituency”.

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