By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Government said it has commenced an investigation into claims that a few bags of rice out of the over 6000 bags distributed as palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown on people of the State, were adulterated.
The State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, who disclosed this in a statement at the weekend, said the government had received complaints that some of the distributed bags of rice may not have met the expected quality.
Residents of the state had o. Thursday, rejected the palliative measure provided by the state government, describing it as “poisonous rice.
Egbemode noted that the State Government was pained by the development and had immediately began an investigation to establish the source of the affected few bags.
She said: “The State of Osun, under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, is particularly pained by this development, considering the fact that it has never compromised quality in its provision of economic stimulus for the people of the State in spite of its limited resources.
“The State Government is a very responsible and responsive government that places premium on the well-being of its people and would not do anything to jeopardize its citizens’ health.
“Upon receipt of the complaints, the State Government has immediately begun investigations to establish the source of the few bags that appear not to have met the quality expected.”
The Commissioner disclosed that as part of the investigation, the State government had invited all suppliers and vendors from whom the relief materials were purchased, for questioning in order to dentify the source of the problem.
“We assure our citizens that upon unraveling what went wrong , the State Government will take necessary punitive measures against the erring Supplier(s) or Vendor(s), including de-listing such vendor from the Government’s directory and even proclaiming a disclaimer to that effect,” she added.
Egbemode also revealed that all the over 6000 bags of rice were purchased from dealers in Osun, which she said was part of government’s efforts to empower its people and also stimulate the local economy.
The Commissioner restated the commitment of the State government toward protecting its citizens from potential and actual threats, stressing that the “development would not deter the State from dedicatedly seeking to improve the welfare of the people of Osun, especially the vulnerable group, during the time of the State-wide lockdown.”