The Ondo State House of Assembly has commended the initiative of the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, on the ongoing food distribution programme under the government initiated palliative (Eto Igbe-Ayo) scheme, where raw food stuffs are given to resident women in the state for free, even as the programme enters the third phase.
The programme had earlier been executed in the northern and southern senatorial districts, recording over 5,000 beneficiaries on flag-off day in Ikare, Akoko North East Local Government.
It moved to Ose and Owo council areas before the distribution of the food items in the southern district until Thursday.
Designed for the 18 local government areas and targeted at 100,000 women resident in the state, the programme moved to Akure North under the third phase on Friday.
In this phase, which would last till the August 2, 2017, Ifedore, Odigbo, and Ondo East would also be visited.
Groups and individuals have since the commencement of the programme, taken time out to commend the governor for the gesture, the latest being the state lawmakers and the coalition of youths in the state.
According to a ‘thank you’ letter to the governor from the Assembly and signed by Clerk of the House, Adeyelu Bode, “honourable members were not only highly elated by this development, but also acknowledged the fact that it is another land mark achievement of the state government under the leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko.”
The letter read further that “as far as the honourable house is concerned, the programme will go a long way in assuaging the effect of the current economic hardship the people are passing through.
“It is against this background that the honourable house unanimously resolved to place on record her appreciation and commendation of the ingenuity and trail blazing accomplishment of Mr Governor in this direction.”
Also appreciating Governor Mimiko ,the umbrella body of Youths in the state, the Ondo Youth Coalition said the Governor has demonstrated his caring nature through the gesture.
According to the Coalition, in a statement in Akure yesterday and signed by the President, Secretary and Public Relation Officer, Adekanmbi Oluwatuyi, Michael Oluwole and Obanoyen Abiola respectively, the Coalition said by the gesture, Governor Mimiko has saved many from perpetual hunger.
Before now, the Association of Women Plank Merchants in Akoko, through their Secretary, Mrs Janet Ijaduade at the distribution of palliative in Oke Agbe Akoko said with the gesture Governor Mimiko has demonstrated that he is a caring heart Governor and full of compassion for women too .
Also the State’s Hairdresser Association, in a “thank you” letter, signed by the Publicity Secretary, Mrs Simbo Akinwumi said the Governor has given women in the state and their family great hope by his gesture, urging government to continue with the programme until the economic crunch in the country ameliorate.