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Govt Commences Second Year Distribution of Osun Food Support Scheme


As part of his administration efforts to turn around the socio-economic fortunes of the state and guarantee the welfare of the masses, particularly the vulnerable citizens, the Osun State Government of Osun, has continued the distribution of the monthly food items to the vulnerable citizens in all strata across the state.




This 13th edition of the food distribution marked the first month of the second year anniversary of the initiative that had fed over one million people in various categories.


The state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, had last year April flagged off the Osun Food Support Scheme, which was targeted at banishing hunger, poverty and related vices as part of its social security intervention designed to scale-up the welfare and general well-being of the citizenry.


Addressing journalists during the flag-off ceremony at the Multi-purpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission in Osogbo, Oyetola said the scheme had become a model of social investment programmes of any responsible government.


Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the governor at the 13th edition of the scheme stressed that the scheme had recorded huge success as it had helped to further bring the government closer to the people.


Oyetola, who described the initiative as a veritable tool for meeting the masses at the point of their needs, said on no account would his government renege on its pledge to continue the programme as long as he remains in government.


According to him, “When Governor Oyetola started this scheme, he said he will continue as long as he remains in the government but some ‘Doubting Thomas’ said he couldn’t make it. But we are glad to inform our people that last month was the 12th edition and today is the commencement of the second year of feeding our people.


“What gladdens our hearts is the fact that we are getting feedback from the beneficiaries, and this shows the extent at which we have reached out to the people who actually need this. As a matter of fact, we went to the extent that, apart from the distribution pattern, we went to the markets to ensure that it gets to our people.


“As you can see, the items are well packaged and customised, making it to be more unique. And for the distribution, we have our chart and the template encompasses the interest of the various vulnerable groups to ensure smooth distribution exercise. At no point did any


group complain because what we do is to ensure that if the groups are 50, the first 10 will be given at a particular month while the others receive subsequently.


“As it is, if you look at the distribution pattern, you will agree with me that it has been going round effectively. We put in place a mechanism that ensures that the items get to the right people at the right time.


“Our mechanism is the welfare of the people. That is why we have been working hard to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the various developmental programmes of the government. And this has been a very strong motivation that gave birth to this programme after we had ensured prompt payment of salaries, execution of people-oriented policies, guaranteeing security of lives and property as well as the welfare of the citizens.”


In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Olalekan Badmus, said the government was committed to jerking up the number of entrepreneurs in the second year.

Culled from THISDAY

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