By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has set up a 21-man Food and Relief Committee to cushion the effect of restriction placed on human and vehicular movements across the State.
The committee members are Asiwaju Tunde Badmus, Chief Adebayo Jimoh, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Matthew Asimolowo, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja I, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd), Chief Tunde Ponle, Rt Hon Patricia Etteh, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, Sir Demola Aladekomo, Rt Hon Lasun Yusuff, Dr Wale Babalakin, and Dr Segun Aina.
Others are Mallam Yussuf Alli, SAN, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, Mr. AbdulKabir Aliyu, Dr Deji Adeleke, Otunba Iyiola Omisore and three former governors of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the Committee will be chaired by Asiwaju Tunde Badmus while Chief Adebayo Jimoh will serve as the Secretary.
Oyebamiji said as efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 continue with intense devotion, it had become necessary for the government to set up Relief and Humanitarian Banks across the State, adding that “the State appreciates its supportive friends, donors and partners, who have contributed to the project, including those who have pleaded to remain anonymous.”
He said: “Osun has limited means yet unlimited needs to fulfill at this critical time and is, therefore, calling on indigenes of Osun across the nation (and beyond) and well-meaning Nigerians to kindly pitch in to support the State with social relief items ranging from food to cash, towards the enhancement of the food bank that the State is growing at the moment,”
“Without doubt, the outbreak of the pandemic called COVID-19 will leave a strain on our economy, and the possibility of having a food crisis remains an implication of the various emergency responses to the disease.
“To this end, those who want to contribute to this project can reach out to the Committee through the following numbers: 08167255906; 08032298961; & 08037004653 from where they will be directed to designated centres. The government will provide security clearance and cover to aid easy movement of materials. Cash donations can also be forwarded to: Bank Name : UBA
Account Name – Osun State Covid -19 Support Account, Account Number- 1022749351,” he added.