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Why we are giving free food —Ondo govt

The Ondo State government, on Wednesday, said its free food distribution programme, which is in its second phase, was put in place to ensure that the harsh economy in the country has less impact on families in the state.

Speaking with newsmen in Akure on the successes recorded so far with the distribution, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, said there had been testimonies from homes since the first phase of the programme where over 100,000 women benefited.

Informing that the distribution team was received by the people of Akoko North East, Akoko North West, Akoko South West and Akoko South East with enthusiasm, Akinmade said it would be the turn of Owo, Ose, Ifedore and Akure North to receive free food items today.

He said this was coming after successful outings in Ese-Odo, Irele, Ilaje, Okitipupa, Odigbo, Ondo East and Ileoluji/ Okeigbo among others..

Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area in the Southern Senatorial District, last Friday, witnessed the inauguration of the second phase of the food palliative programme otherwise known as “Eto Igbe Ayo.”

The commissioner said the programme was projected to benefit 70,000 women, adding that though the first phase was targeted at 100,000 women “we ended up giving out to more than the projected figure because of the overwhelming impact on the people.”

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the second tranche in Okitipupa, Governor Olusegun Mimiko had stressed that the programme was mainly for women in the state irrespective of their political affiliation.