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By: Ade Adeleke
The Ondo State COVID-19 Palliative Committee has so far distributed food items to vulnerable people in 14 local government areas across the three senatorial districts.
The Committee was set up by the State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, two weeks ago, to tackle food insecurity arising from restrictions on movements and economic activities to tame the spread of Coronavirus infections.
In a Press Statement signed by Alex Kalejaye, the Committee’s Spokesman, explained that the remaining four local government will get their own palliatives on Tuesday, this week.
The 14 local government areas are: Akure South, Akure North, Akoko North East, Akoko South West, Ose, Owo, Ifedore, Ondo West, Ondo East, Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo, Odigbo, Okitipupa, Ilaje and Ese Odo.
The remaining four; Akoko North West, Akoko South East, Irele and Idanre, will receive theirs before Tuesday, this week.
According to Kalejaye, each local government area will receive 2,000 packs of the food items except Akure south that got 3000, thereby 37,000 people will benefit in the first phase of the exercise.
Out of 36,000 targeted persons in the first phase, 28,000 have been delivered yo the affected 14 council areas.
“Ondo State Palliative Committee has so far distributed food items in 14 local government areas across the three senatorial districts.
“The Committee was set up by the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, two weeks ago, to tackle food insecurity arising from restrictions on movements and economic activities to tame the spread of Coronavirus infections.
“The food items contained in each of the packs include garri/Semolina, rice, beans, Macaroni, Spaghetti and noodles. This is besides crates of eggs for selected categories that will still go round.”
The Committee Spokesman said “the Committee targets two thousand vulnerable members of the society in each of the local governments areas in the first phase of the exercise.
“It appreciates local committees that managed the distribution centres with wisdom and enviable commitment which paves way for endless success stories from the areas so far touched. We expect no discordant results from the remaining four.”
Kalejaye said, “the Committee is not unaware that various groups, including religious and professional bodies deserve no less attention. These bodies will not be left out in our selfless efforts to reach as many as possible. Our commitment to equitable distribution of food items remains unalloyed.
“While we pray God for divine intervention on the dreaded pandemic, we appeal to the public to adhere to medical guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the disease. We must strive to stay safe,” said Kalejaye.