One of Nigeria’s biggest indigenous rice brands, Tiamin Rice, has emerged as the best product of the year during the LEADERSHIP newspapers’ 2019 Conference and Award ceremony.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Tiamin rice is produced by Tiamin Multi Services and Global Limited which was registered in 2016 and commenced operation in 2017.
The rice mill, situated along Zaria-Kano road, has state-of-the-art equipment and over 500 workforces.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Thursday in Abuja, the Deputy Managing Director of the company, Aliyu Ibrahim, expressed his gratitude over the award, saying that the company is committed to becoming Nigeria’s biggest rice producers.
He said: “On behalf of the entire staff of Tiamin rice, we are honored with this award even though this is our second year of operation.
“We will register our name in gold by helping Nigeria in becoming self-sufficient in rice production.
“With the ongoing mega project in our company, we believe that this award will encourage us not to relent in making the country proud,” Mr Ibrahim stated.
The deputy managing director noted that the company has a current production capacity of 320 metric tonnes per day.
He also disclosed that there is a plan to add 600 metric tonnes in Kano and another 600 in Bauchi, saying: “If you add up these figures, you will see us achieving a combined capacity of 1,520 tonnes”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the organizer of the award and Chairman, Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for closing the country’s borders.
Mr Nda-Isaih noted that the President had been commended for closing the borders even by some of his greatest detractors like former President Olusegun Obasanjo who, according to him, could not close the borders when he was the president.
“We have seen positive effects. For too long our neighbours have taken us for a ride. You can imagine the entire economy of a country, Benin Republic, was built on smuggling into Nigeria.
“Benin Republic built a special port for that. That country is probably the greatest economic saboteur of the Nigerian nation.
“So, it was an excellent idea that the borders were closed. Lessons have been learnt and we have shown our mettle as a regional superpower,” he said.