Osun inaugurates palliative committee

…denies sharing 3,000 bags of rice to politicians

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

The Osun State government has inaugurated a standing committee charged with the responsibility of distributing palliatives to residents and vulnerable in the state.

The state government, however, denied the rumour that 3,000 bags of rice received as palliatives from the Federal government to cushion the effect of subsidy have been shared among politicians.

The committee was inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi on Wednesday.

The State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, kolapo Alimi stated this while addressing the newsmen on the update of the palliatives.

Alimi warned the opposition from peddling unfounded rumour that government had received palliatives and shared among politicians, saying they were all lies and should be disregarded.

Alimi also hinted that the N5 billion promised by the Federal government to the state as part measures to cushion the effect of subsidy removal is yet to be received contrary to opposition peddling rumours.

He said the state is expecting the second batch of Federal Government food palliative of 14,320 bags of rice.

According to him, the reason for the press briefing is to clear the rumour by opposition which has been feeding the public with unfounded lies about the palliatives.

He said members of the committee are carefully selected from various stakeholders such as CAN, Muslim leaders, Labour Union among others.

He explained that the state government is finalizing the template for distribution which he promised will ensure that all segments of the society benefit from the distribution exercise.

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Speaking on behalf of the committee, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi who represented the Muslim community said ,the 3,000 bags of rice received are intact and are yet to be distributed.

He assured that as soon as the next batch arrives, it will be distributed accordingly, adding that vulnerable people will be the first to be considered.

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