Beneficiaries of the COVID-19 Palliatives in Ilesa West local government, provided by the 21-Man Food and Relief Committee, who received the items today were full of praises and prayers for Osun government and members of the committee.
The beneficiaries who were in the vulnerable group, identified through the World Bank Social Register in Ilesa West local government couldn’t hide their glee as they received the palliatives provided to cushion the effect of the lockdown order of the government towards curtailing Coronavirus spread in the State of Osun.
The distributions which were well organized in adherence to the social distancing precaution were held at five strategic locations in Ilesa West local government such as the Main Secretariat of Ilesa West, African Church Middle School, Ajimoko, Town planning and LCDA West Central Secretariat, all in Ilesa West local government.
Items such as Rice, Beans, Semovita, Sphagetti, Eggs and Cassava flakes were given in moderate quantities of 10kg, 6kg, 5kg, and 2kg appropriately to about Seven Hundred and Eighty Five beneficiaries (785) which include Widows, the aged, Retirees, older vulnerable and persons with disabilities in different clusters such as the blind, physically challenged, speech impared and others in the local government.
Speaking to newsmen at the different distribution centers of the council, one of the beneficiaries Mama Ajayi Florence appreciated the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the Committee for their fairness in selection, she added that the food relief will provide needed diet to sustain her body as an aged person, prayed God to bless the government of Governor Oyetola and blessings also to the Committee members and others involved in the distribution process.
An 82-year old retired Professor of English, Prof John Ekundare said he was surprised when he was called as a beneficiary to receive the palliative, he expressed his good impression at the orderliness, organization, honesty, and transparency in the distribution, he commended the government for chosing good and right people in the Committee, adviced the government to maintain the initiative and prayed for the success of the government.
An older vulnerable who is also a person with disability, Adebayo Damola also thanked the government and prayed for God’s leading on the government of the State of Osun.
At the distribution programme where security operatives were in place to maintain law and order, a Widow, Mama Rafatu Jimoh recited a quoran verse as prayer for the government under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
Also a retired teacher, Mama Olowoyo Cecelia described the distribution process as very transparent and well applaudable, added that the initiative is a sensible one worthy of commendation, showed her gratitude to the government 21-man committee and prayed God bless the family of everyone involved in distributing the palliatives to the targeted beneficiaries.
Similarly, a physically challenged female, Oluwatoyin Ojo said it is only God that can repay the government of Osun, the committee members and others involved in the whole palliative program, which she described as a good one which has persons with disabilities included as beneficiaries.
She added that often times, persons with disabilities are not remembered for such Program, that the Government of Governor Gboyega Oyetola shows it is an all inclusive and it is well commendable.
Papa Augustine Ogundeji also added his word of appreciation to Osun government and the Committee, prayed progress and success to the government, said the present administration in the state is a good one, and ‘I like his style of leadership’, he added.
It can be recalled that Ilesa West local government is one of the pilot local government for the distribution of palliatives for selected vulnerable on World Bank Social Register, through the 21-Man Committee on Food Relief for lockdown period in the state of Osun.
The palliatives items were collected on Tuesday afternoon, moved down to the local government and distributed to the targeted beneficiaries on Wednesday