By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Monday disclosed that his administration’s food support scheme had fed over 240,000 citizens of the state so far.
He said the scheme has also helped to stimulate the economy of the state as local productions of goods had been tremendously boosted to enhance the socio-economic activities of the people.
Speaking at the eighth edition of the scheme at Local Government Service Commission, State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Oyetola noted that the initiative has impacted the lives of the beneficiaries, particularly the vulnerable citizens ranging from the aged, the widows, people living with disabilities, youths, among others, with the multiplier effect on the status of the state’s economy.
Oyetola, had in April, this year, inaugurated the ‘Osun Food Support Scheme’ to mitigate the adverse impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on 30,000 vulnerable citizens on a monthly basis.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, said beneficiaries were drawn from the nooks and crannies of the state using the World Bank-sponsored Social Register.
He added that the initiative was part of his promise to prioritise the welfare and the general well-being of the people
He said his administration has been gradually recording huge success in its efforts to boost local food production, achieve food security and turn Osun to food basket of the Southwest region.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Mr. Olalekan Badmus, commended the initiative which he said had made meaningful impact on the lives of the people.
According to him, the scheme has been designed with a view to effecting meaningful impact and adding value to other sectors of the economy, particularly the agriculture and small-scale enterprises.
Badmus noted that an average of N100 million is being spent on the scheme every month, adding that the state has injected about N800 million into her economy since the commencement of the programme in the last eight months.