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Lagos Govt, LCFE sign agreement on Imota Rice

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As part of its organic growth strategy, Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange (LCFE) has signed an agreement with the Lagos State Government through the Ministry Agriculture to jointly drive the development of Lagos Rice value chain.

The agreement, sealed last week is expected to bridge the yearning gap in rice production in Nigeria, create different financial instruments that will boost economic activities in the Lagos Rice Mill, Imota through LCFE, generate employment opportunities and boost government revenue.

The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Rice, Olurotimi Fashola and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Olatokunbo Emokpae, signed the agreement on behalf of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. LCFE was represented by its Managing Director, Akin Akeredolu-Ale and the Company Secretary, Fatima Lawal while Adeyemi Oba signed on behalf of LCFE’s subsidiary, Commodities Tradenet Limited.

Fashola explained that the Lagos State Partnership with LCFE was a win-win, saying: ” This is the first time any subnational will do this. We are happy about this partnership. According to him, it is a form of sustaining the initiative of ensuring massive production of rice in Lagos State and for the befits of the entire country.

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“We would like to thank Mr Governor once again, the Capital consumption of rice in Lagos state is the Highest in Nigeria.

When you consider smuggling, and all the rice that is brought into Lagos you will understand that Lagos has a taste for good rice and it has the highest consumption rate of basmati rice. The Lagos Rice Mill Imota, is playing to this taste, ” said Fashola.

Responding, Akeredolu-Ale stated that LCFE was committed to the Lagos State Government and the Rice Mill and The Exchange would drive the support of the Capital Market towards the ecosystem.

“I would like to commend Mr Governor and his team for seeing the need to bridge this gap with the IMOTA rice mill. The Imota Rice Mill is a great project by Mr Governor and the Lagos State government. This mill will drive development of the Rice Value Chain and meet the rice demand needs of the nation.

” Our duly licensed Capital market professionals are already working on various financial instruments to deepen the Rice Value Chain. Investors are eager to start investing in the Rice Mill and other rice backed commodity instruments. Exchange accredited aggregators have already started supplying paddy to the mill and more are enroute to the mill as we speak

This signing ceremony is an opportunity to build stakeholder confidence for a great reception of the financial instruments by the Capital market,” Akeredolu-Ale said.

In her closing remarks, Emokpae thanked LCFE and the financial advisers for their perseverance and tenacity for ensuring that this project happens.

After the signing, the agreement was presented symbolically to the team of financial Advisers, led by the Group Managing Director, GTI Capital, Abubakar Lawal, the Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Trust Limited, Wale Oshinowo and the Chief Executive Officer, Santrust Securities Limited, Femi Sanusi.