Ondo begins second phase of free food distribution today

THE Ondo State government will on Friday,  kickoff with the Second Phase of its  food palliative programme (Eto -Igbeayo) in Okitipupa, in the Southern Senatorial District.

Under the programme, food items are given free to resident women in the state who are able to present their smart cards, otherwise known as Kaadi Igbeayo.

According to a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, the palliative distribution team will be in Ese-Odo, Irele, and Ilaje local governments on Monday, Novemmber 14, while it will be the turn of Odigbo, Ondo East, and Ile-Oluji -Oke igbo LGs on the Tuesday the 15th.

“As the team is scheduled to distribute  palliative in Akoko North West, Akoko North East, Akoko SouthWest and Akoko South East on  Wednesday, 16th, Owo, Ose, Ifedore and Akure North will be visited on Thursday, 17th”  the statement read in part.

Stating that residents of Idanre and Ondo West will benefit from the programme on Friday,18th, the statement mentioned that the second phase of the Eto Igbeayo will terminate on Monday, November 21 with the residents of Akure South as beneficiaries.

The first phase of the programme was flagged off by the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in Ikare, North Senatorial District with over a hundred thousand women as beneficiaries.

At the flag-off, Governor Mimiko had expressed concern at the sudden increase in the prices of food stuffs in relation to the dwindling economic situation in the country, hence, his administration’s decision to cushion the effect of the economic crunch on the people of the state by giving them palliatives.

He maintained that his inauguration promise to share in the joy and sorrow of the people will never be jettisoned at any time, Mimiko said the programme is blind to political affiliations adding that it was designed to draw beneficiaries from the 18 local government areas of the state.