Coronavirus: Ekiti begins distribution of food to vulnerable
From Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
As part of the measures to cushion the effects of the curfew imposed on the state, sucour has come the way of residents of Ekiti, as the government has commenced the distribution of food items.
Speaking during the official flag off of the distribution, held at Lady Jibowu hall Ado-Ekiti, Fayemi stressed that the relief materials will be distributed to the vulnerable segment of the population as a gesture to make life easier for them.
The Governor said the programme powered by a committee set up few days ago which he named, Covid-19 Response Food Bank Drive was aimed at bringing sucour to the vulnerable segment of the population which includes the poor, aged, physically challenged as well as the unemployed persons.
While noting that the flag off was the first assignment he performed since getting out of isolation, Fayemi urged residents to cooperate with his administration to defeat COVID-19 adding that public places have been fumigated as part of measures to contain the pandemic.
Governor said the distribution which will be a continuous exercise, was targeting not less than 20,000 households already registered on the Vulnerable People’s Support Programme domiciled at the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning which covers all the 16 local government areas.
Fayemi who warned that the exercise has no political colouration, disclosed that they were not meant to be distributed on the streets or political ward basis. He further warned that the seals must not be tampered with until they get to the targeted beneficiaries.
He equally revealed that tough sanctions await any political office holder or private citizen who may want to divert the items or involve himself in any shady deal in their distribution.
In her remarks, the First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, recalled that Ekiti Food Bank initiative was launched in 2012 during the first term of the Governor to assist the less privileged.
Mrs. Fayemi said her husband ordered that the Food Bank be revived as a palliative measure to assist the people tackle the effects of COVID-19.
She said the scope was expanded to cater for the needs of the larger segment of the population to bring relief to them in line with government’s determination to care for its citizens.