By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State government is expected on Wednesday to begin the distribution of food and relief materials to residents of the state as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the state-wide lockdown.
The Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji who disclosed this on Tuesday in Osogbo shortly after he received a truck of food items donated by the management of Wema Bank Plc, said plans concluded to ensure that the palliative measures reach residents across the nooks and crannies of the state.
Oyebamiji said: “The distribution of the gifts to the people will commence tomorrow Wednesday by the grace of God from the State government without necessarily waiting for more gifts expected from individuals as support.
“As a government, we have plans whether gifts come or do not come, we know we have social responsibility to our people. We are elected to be in government and we owe a duty to them.
“We must cater for their welfare, not only taking care of their health but also ensure that the well-being of the generality of the populace”, he added.
Oyebamiji commended the numerous supports received from members of the public particularly members of the private sector and other well-meaning individuals, saying that the government would continue to appreciate its supportive friends, partners and donors in the efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the State.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, COVID-19 Response Committee of Cititrust holdings Plc, Mr. Adewole Adekunle, while delivering a truck of food items to the state government, said the gesture was aimed at supporting the efforts of Governor Oyetola in the fight against the scourge of Coronavirus.
He said the company had come to Osun to deliver bags of rice, spaghetti, vegetable power oil and noddles to support the immediate needs of the masses.
Also, the Osun State Zonal Manager of Wema Bank Plc, Mr Adeniji Adeyeni who led other officials of the bank to deliver a truck of food items to the state government, commended efforts of the State government in managing Coronavirus outbreak in the State.