Arrangements have begun in earnest for the kick off of the second round of free food distribution in the Ondo state government initiated palliative (Eto Igbe-Ayo) programme , even as beneficiaries in the first round exceeded the targeted 100,000 women.
The free food distribution programme which started from Ikare in Akoko North East local government area in the first round, moved to Ose and Owo, all in the north senatorial district. It later moved to the south senatorial district and ended last night with beneficiaries in Akure south and Ondo West local governments areas of the central senatorial District.
Briefing newsmen on the development in Akure on Friday, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade said government would soon roll out schedule for the second round of the programme which he said recorded a very successful first round.
He said the fact that government’s initial target of a hundred thousand women in the first round of the exercise was exceeded is an indication of how popular the programme has become.
The palliative which recorded over 5,000 beneficiaries on kick-off day in Ikare is accessed with the state’s branded Smart Card tagged Kaadi Igbeayo.
The commissioner mentioned that residents in the state can still register to obtain their smart card at designated collecting points across the state, the former Cooperative College and the Ondo state Investment Company, Alagbaka, Akure.
At the flag off of the programme where about five thousand women received food items, the state’s governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko had mentioned that the Ikare event was the first phase of the first round of the programme designed to draw beneficiaries from the 18 local government areas of the state.