The Osun State Government on Thursday started the distribution of 40,332 bags of rice, which was donated to the state by the Coalition Against Coronavirus (CACOVID), a private sector initiative.
The rice, packed in 10kg. bags, are meant to cushion the adverse effects of the deadly virus among the residents of the state.
Speaking during the delivery and distribution of the rice in Osogbo, Mr Ademola Adebisi, the State Coordinator of CACOVID Monitoring and Evaluation Team, lauded the state government for adopting a strategic distribution process that captured every segment of the society.
He said that the state government had distinguished itself and demonstrated high level of transparency and accountability in its resolve to ensure that the food items got to the target beneficiaries.
“I have looked through the way the palliatives are being distributed and I must confess that I am pleased with the template for the distribution, which takes care of every vulnerable group in the state,” he said.
Adebisi denied the reports in certain quarters that the government deliberately hoarded the CACOVID palliatives, which were looted during the recent #EndSARS protests in the state.
He said that the state government only acted in line with the CACOVID directive to await the launch of the distribution programme.
He noted that no benefitting state had control over the distribution of the palliatives as at the time the first batch items was supplied, adding that it was unfortunate that the items were, however, looted by miscreants.
Speaking, Dr Bode Olaonipekun, Commissioner for Commerce, Industries, Cooperatives and Empowerment, said that the state was determined to ensure hitch-free distribution of the rice.
He stressed that the state would follow to the letter the statistics of vulnerable persons in the state, which had been the guideline for meeting their critical needs.
“We are here receiving the rice component of the CACOVID palliatives, which is the expected part of the CACOVID food and relief materials that were looted at the Cocoa Processing Warehouse at Ede.
“We are receiving 40,332 of 10kg bags of rice meant for different vulnerable groups in the state, and we have adopted a strategy to ensure their distribution,” Olaonipekun said.