By: Olorunfemi Ojo
Nigeria, Abeokuta – Indigent citizens and less privileged in Ogun State have begun to benefit from the palliatives which was provided by the government in collaboration with the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID- 19 (CA-COVID), to ameliorate the pains of the pandemic in the State.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, at the flag-off of palliatives distribution in Abeokuta, said the food items would go round all the 20 Local Government Areas.
Abiodun who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr. Femi Ogunbanwo said CA-COVID, a private sector initiative was supporting the fight to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus in the country.
According to him, a single beneficiary would get a pack containing 10 kilograms of rice, five kilograms of garri, five kilograms of sugar, one kilogram of salt, two cartons of noodles and one carton of pasta, for their respective family.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya said the palliatives distributed would complement the State government’s effort at reducing the suffering of the people at the grassroots, urging the beneficiaries to give their maximum cooperation to the security personnel and the State committee on palliative distribution.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman Transition Committee of Abeokuta South Local Government, Mr. Ayo Shomide commended the private sector led initiative for their support and the State government for its laudable efforts to combat the virus, as well as spread development to every corner of the State.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Afeez Balogun and Mrs. Abiodun Ojelabi, appreciated the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration as well as CA-COVID for the gesture.