Osun state governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, Wednesday, flagged off distribution of relief materials to the people of Osun state to cushion the effect of the statewide lockdown.
In his speech at the government Secretariat, Abere, Oyetola said the 6020 bags of 50kg rice would be distributed door-to-door throughout the state.
He disclosed that the rice is purely the initiative of the state government, assuring that the 21-man relief committee would soon come up with their own.
Oyetola who said the sit-at-home order was not to punish the people of the state, explained that the lockdown remained the only way to avoid further spread of Corona virus.
He said, “This is in partial fulfillment of promise of the government. This palliative is to mitigate the prevailing effect of sit-at-home order.
He urged the committee in charge of distribution to be guided by Omoluabi ethos on the point of distribution.
Oyetola also disclosed that the ivorian returnees who are in isolation are responding to treatment, assuring that they will soon be discharged and reunite with their families.
“The sit-at-home is the only way to contain the spread of the virus. It is not a punishment. Corona virus does not travel on its own. It is carried by human being. The sit-at-home is to ensure that we don’t allow community transition.
“Today, a total of 6,020 bags of 50kg rice will be distributed to the poor and the needy throughout the State, through door-to-door apolitical channels. This is the intervention of the State Government as we await those of the Committee which will follow very soon.
“Units shall be used as distribution channels. The Unit chairman and four other members of each Unit shall constitute the Distribution Committee and shall be responsible for the distribution of the bags of rice.
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“I urge us all to be guided by the Omoluabi ethos at the points of distribution. All the beneficiaries should endeavour to observe the social distancing and conduct themselves with the highest decorum and obey the distribution committees.”