The Food and Relief Committee constituted by Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun to cushion the effects of lockdown rules occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday commenced the distribution of food and relief materials worth N150 million to vulnerable people across the state.
Addressing journalists during the flag-off of the distribution in Osogbo, the secretary of the 21-man Food and Relief Committee, Chief Adebayo Jimoh, said the distribution would be made in accordance with the World Bank-approved social investment registers in order to ensure that the stimulus package gets to the needy.
He maintained that the committee would champion equity, transparency and accountability in the discharge of its responsibilities, saying the palliatives would be distributed across socio-economic, political and religious divides.
Jimoh, who disclosed that the committee had expended over N150million for the procurement of the foodstuffs, noted that only the identified vulnerable and indigent citizens captured in the social investment register of the state would benefit from the gesture.
According to him, “we have come to commence formally the food distribution which the committee has been able to sourced from eminent sons and daughters of the state for the less privileged and vulnerable people as succour.”
“As a committee, we have a programme of continuity and this is just the first phase of distribution. We have spent N150million for the procurement of foodstuffs such as rice, beans, garri, noodles, eggs, among others.
“This first tranche is to provide for those identified on the social registers throughout the 31 local government areas in the state.
The social investment register is a World Bank- approved document, updated every year without any political interference.”
“We will commence delivery through the Christian leaders, Muslims leaders, civil society organisers and focal staff in each of the local governments. The process has involved a lot of planning involving all stakeholders in the state; Christian leaders, Muslim leaders, traditional rulers, elders in the society, representative of the governments, the focal staff of all local governments, civil society organizations, local government chairmen, community development associations, among others.”
“They all have the list containing phone numbers, addresses and locations of the vulnerable people that have been identified in the social register. We are doing all these to ensure that the products get to the targeted beneficiaries. We are starting the pilot scheme with Odo Otin, Ilesha West and Ede North local governments. The process is an auditable, transparent and easy process”, Jimoh remarked.
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