Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko has distributed 15kg of rice and beans to 70,000 women in the second phase of the state’s food palliative programme.
It would be recalled that 100,000 women benefitted from the first phase of the programme held four months ago, to cushion the effect of economic recession.
Mimiko gave the figure on Saturday in Okitipupa Local Government Secretariat, while inaugurating the second phase of the programme tagged “Eto Kaadi Igbeayo”.
The governor said that the 15kg of rice and beans were meant for all residents in the state irrespective of their political affiliations.
He explained that the 70 000 were those who had the residency card, saying the use of residency card for distributing the food items was to guide against fraud and multiple collections.
Mimiko said, “This programme is part of the efforts of the state government targeted at addressing poverty and hunger occasioned by the economic recession in the country. Over 100, 000 women across the state have benefitted so far in the first phase, and over 70,000 will benefit in this second phase.”
The Wife of the governor, Mrs Olukemi Mimiko, who distributed the food items to the beneficiaries, said noted that it would benefit the entire families of the beneficiaries since it was passing through the women.
Also, the Okitipupa Local Government Chairman, Larry Ogunmusire, commended the state government for its consistency in giving priority attention to issues concerning women and children.
“In spite of the present economic crunch, the state government still fulfils its promises to the people. I thank the governor, and I am assuring the government of our support at all times,” Ogunmusire said.
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