The second phase of the free food distribution programme of the Ondo State Government has moved to the southern senatorial district of the state.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, on Wednesday, said the state government rounded off the distribution of foodstuffs in the four local government areas in Akoko last Friday.
It quoted the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, as justifying the need for the palliative.
Mimiko said, “It is obvious there is hunger in the land and we, as a government, cannot pretend that this is not the case.”
Over 5,000 people had benefitted from the government’s largesse when the programme kicked off in Ikare, the statement said.
The palliative programme is designed for the 18 local government areas of the state and it targets 100,000 women irrespective of party affiliations.
The second phase of the scheme took off in Ose and Owo local government areas on Monday.
Mimiko said the distribution of foodstuffs in Ose and Owo local government areas was successful.
He said, “The distributing team moved to Ese-Odo and Okitipupa local government areas on Wednesday and will also distribute foodstuffs in Ilaje, Irele, Ile-Oluji and Odigbo local government areas
“All these communities are in the southern district of the state. The next phase of distribution commences next week.”
Some groups have commended the gesture of the government, describing it as relieving.
The Secretary, Association of Women Plank Merchants, Akoko branch, Mrs. Janet Ijaduade, said the distribution of the foodstuffs underscored the kindness of the governor.
She added that the gesture showed that the governor was full of compassion for women folk.
The Publicity Secretary, Ondo State Hairdressers Association, Mrs. Simbo Akinwumi, said the gesture had brought joy and hope to the people.
She enjoined the government to continue with the gesture until the economic crunch afflicting the country abated.