The second phase of the free food distribution programme of the Ondo State government, which commenced at the weekend, moves to Ese-Odo, Irele and Ilaje local government areas today.
Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government 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” targeted at 70,000 women in the state.
According to a statement issued in Akure yesterday by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, the distribution train, which is expected to move round the 18 local government areas in the state, will move to Odigbo, Ondo East and Ile-oluji/Oke-igbo local governments tomorrow, while it will be the turn of Akoko North East, Akoko North West, Akoko South West and Akoko South East on Wednesday.
It will be recalled that over 100,000 women had earlier benefited from the first tranche of the programme launched at Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area in July this years.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the second tranche in Okitipupa on Friday, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who was accompanied by his wife, Olukemi and some government officials, noted that the programme was mainly for women irrespective of their political affiliation.
He said the only qualification for the exercise was for would-be beneficiaries to present their residency cards, known as “kaadi Igbe Ayo” which authenticates that the beneficiaries are genuine residents of Ondo State.
Governor Mimiko also stressed the need for Nigerians to re-order their priorities in the face of harsh current economic situation in the country, adding that Nigeria must be restructured to get out of the situation.
He noted that as a responsible government, it cannot fold its arms and allow people to die of hunger, stressing that the choice of women for the programme was due to their status as custodians of the family and courier of households.
He further assured that all residents of the state would benefit from the programme regardless of their political affiliations.
He also used the medium to canvass support for Mr Eyitayo Jegede in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.