July 20, 2024

Palliative: FG, Oyo State Distribute Food Items

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By Reporter

The Federal Government and Oyo State Government yesterday, distributed assorted commodities from the National Strategic Reserve to citizens in the state.

Receiving the items at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Agodi Secretariat in Ibadan, the state capital, Governor, Seyi Makinde, warned the 33 Local Government chairmen in the state not to share the commodities among their political class.

Makinde, who was represented by his Deputy, Bayo Lawal, reminded them that security operatives, especially the Economic and Financial Crime Commission would monitor the distribution.

He said: “This distribution would have come before now, you know the project is directly under my office but I intentionally delayed it by advising His Excellency, Governor Makinde.

“Now that you have been elected, you are now the chairmen of local governments, I want to warn you on behalf of the governor not to share it among yourselves or the political class.”

The deputy Governor added that the state government has also released funds for the project, and urged them to distribute it to the appropriate people.

Also, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Zubaida Umar, represented by the Zonal Director, South-West, Steven Adewale, recalled that one of President Tinubu’s promises was to reduce the impact of the current economic downturn being experienced in Nigeria.

Adewale added that, “Mr President approved the release of 42,000MT of the assorted food commodities from the National Strategic Reserve under the custody of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. The assorted food commodities include maize, millet, sorghum and garri.

“Please note that membership of the committee in each Local Government is made up of the Chairman of the LGA, state Emergency Management Agency, a traditional ruler, Department of State Service, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Faith-Based organisations, Nigerian Union of Employees, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Women Associations, Persons with Disability Group, Youth Associations, Principals of Boarding Schools, Civil Society Organisations and Media.

“Based on the directives of Mr President, 20% of the food items due for each Local Government Area should be given to religious organisations (JNI & CAN) and three per cent to be given to the boarding schools in the councils.”

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