Plans by Ahmed Madaki to blackmail Africa richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his twitter handle has met stiff resistance.
Recalled last week, Madaki, through his twitter handle – @agjm075, posted a piece that the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with Aliko Dangote’s company, Dangote Group have flooded the Nigerian market with imported poisonous Genetic Modified rice-GMO.
National WAVES investigation revealed that the broadcast is another cheap blackmail against the popular business tycoon and his conglomerate
The malicious broadcast alleging a partnership between Dangote and FG for importing and flooding the market with poisonous GMO rice is ABSOLUTELY FALSE! Dangote IS NOT involved in the production or sales of GMOs and its research in Nigeria or anywhere. What people should know however is the ground breaking progress Dangote Rice has made since 2014 when it stopped importation of rice and began local cultivation.
It is on record and a verifiable fact that in 2014, Dangote signed $1billion agreement with FG or integrated rice production in Kebbi, Niger, Jigawa and Kwara.
In 2016 Dangote started a multibillion naira Rice Outgrower Scheme over 8,000 hectares in Hadejia, Jigawa State
It also created over 10,000 jobs (Direct and indirect) to farmers who are an integral part of the Rice Outgrower Scheme
FARO 44 rice seeds distributed to farmers during the Outgrower Scheme was sourced from Africa Rice and certified by the National Agricultural Seeds Council
The intent of this broadcasts is to bring into disrepute the hard earned reputation of Dangote and actualization of its vision of making Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production. Moreover, with the ever watchful eagle eyes of organizations such as NAFDAC, SON, CPC with mandate to ensure food safety, how can a big organisation like Dangote import and flood the market with poisonous rice.