The Nigerian Army has assured ‘legitimate’ rice farmers and millers of food security in the country.
The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, gave the assurance on Tuesday during a visit by members of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Borno State Chapter, to the Headquarters 7 Division in Maiduguri.
Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen. Texas Chukwu made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Biu noted that, rice farmers were critical partners in the sustenance of the country’s economy. He assured RIFAN of security support while charging them to be law abiding and diligent in their operations.
The Acting GOC enjoined them to ensure due diligence in clearance of their products with other sister security agencies particularly with Nigeria Customs Service.
The Chairman of RIFAN Borno State Chapter, Alhaji Bulama Maina Mohammed stated that, the Association is the largest stakeholder in rice production in Nigeria.
He said that the RIFAN had come to solicit security support for movement of their product and services. He also commended the Nigerian Army for restoring peace and security in the North East and assured of the Association’s cooperation.