Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, kickstarted the distribution of relief materials to 90,000 households identified as the poorest of the poor, to cushion the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor kicked off the distribution of the palliatives in Igboora, Ibarapa North Local Government Area and commended the people of Ibarapa Zone for their consistency in supporting him since he started his political journey in 2007.
He maintained that the State Government decided to distribute palliatives to assist people “whose means of income have been badly affected” by the partial shutdown of activities in the State.
Governor Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said apart from the distribution of palliatives to 90,000 households, the Government would embark on the distribution of another set of palliatives to 30,000 vulnerable persons in the society.
The Governor, who also visited the Primary Health Care Centres in Idere and Igboora, which have been marked for improvement and renovation as isolation centres, explained that though the State Government decided against total lockdown of the State, it embarked on intense sensitisation to ensure that the people follow safety precautions.
He explained that the distribution of palliatives would be done without bias for partisanship, noting that the palliatives would be shared to everyone that is vulnerable and hungry in different localities in the State.
Speaking on behalf of Caretaker Chairmen of the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in Ibarapa zone, Hon. Sarafadeen Olaoniye, appreciated Governor Makinde for prioritising the welfare of all residents of the State; adding that efforts of previous administrations in the State could not measure up to the standard created by the present administration.
He assured that the relief packages would get to the people they are meant for.