Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has disclosed that no fewer than 120,000 households and groups will benefit from the palliatives being planned by the State.
Governor Makinde, who addressed Newsmen at the end of a meeting of the State’s COVID-19 Task Force on Saturday, April 25, 2020, said 90,000 households identified as poorest of the poor and another 30,000 vulnerable households across Oyo State will benefit from the palliatives.
According to him, the said palliatives would help in cushioning the harsh economic effects of the novel Coronavirus in the State.
He said the State would from Sunday, April 26, 2020, begin to take delivery of the one million face masks, which he said would be distributed free to market men and women, artisans and civil servants, among others.
According to the statement, Governor Makinde also stated that the dusk to dawn curfew, which currently runs from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., will be relaxed to 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. in order to accommodate Farmers during the planting season, adding that farmers were being sensitised on how they could stay safe as they cultivate their farms during the pandemic.
He added that the State will be providing COVID-19 compliant guidelines to Markets, including hand washing and wearing of face masks, noting that only Markets that meet up with the guidelines would be allowed to reopen.
Addressing the issue of palliatives, Governor Makinde assured that the palliatives to be provided were ready, saying: “The palliatives to be provided by the Oyo State Government are now ready. Based on our data, they will be distributed to 90,000 households identified as the poorest of the poor and 30,000 targeted vulnerable households.”
He also stated that the Covid-19 patient at the Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho isolation centre will be moved to the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, to enable the state upgrade the facilities at the Agbami centre.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde.
April 25, 2020.