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Food relief meant for the poor, vulnerable only, says Ogun government

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The Ogun State government has said that the relief materials it intends to distribute to the residents of the state to cushion the effects of the 14-day lockdown are being needlessly greeted with misconceptions and misgivings.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, the state government expressed worry over the manner at which some elements played politics with the gesture, even with people’s lives.

“Doubtlessly, the sourcing and distribution of such unprecedented quantum of relief packages by the state could not have proceeded without initial logistical issues. There is, however, no doubting the fact that the Ogun State government is determined to tower above all the attendant challenges.

“The social media have been awash with many videos and still images alleging that the package being distributed is one bag per street or CDA. This is untrue and deliberately spread in a bad light.

“In some of the locations where the alleged one bag per street sharing took place, Ogun State government is yet to commence the distribution of these stimulus packages.

“Contrary to the rumours and videos making rounds, as our distribution progresses, we wish to reiterate that the underlisted are the contents that come with each package of the stimulus: five kilogrammes of rice, five kilogrammes of beans, five kilogrammes of garri, sachets of tomato sauce, sachets of groundnut oil, noodles and pasta, spices (cubes and others).

“The above items in a package are to be distributed to individual household (not street) and 100,000 of such households are to be covered in the first tranche of the targeted 500,000 households.

“We, however, warn that any person in the relief distribution effort found wanting or corrupting the process, will be severely sanctioned.“We also implore all CDAs, CDCs and other stakeholders to co-operate with government officials involved in this relief efforts. Not everybody will be reached. But the poor and the vulnerable are the priority in this circumstance.”

In another development, the League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State yesterday declared a three-day fasting to end the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

The Secretary-General of the association, Imam Tajudeen Adewunmi, who announced this in a statement in Abeokuta, the state capital, said the three-day fasting would commence on today, April 7, 2020 and end on Thursday, April 9, 2020 as part of spiritual efforts to end to virus.

The Muslim leaders also commended the Muslim community for maintaining decorum and following the directives of the government against social distancing. They, however, implored Muslims to be doing some supplications during the Coronavirus period.


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