Oyetola launches FG’s conditional cash transfer scheme
• Says 15,562 Osun residents to get N20,000 each
• Residents accuse govt of distributing expired rice
The Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola yesterday launched the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme in the state.
The scheme will cover more than 15,000 beneficiaries across the state and each beneficiary will get N20,000 each to mitigate the economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
Oyetola, while launching the scheme, disclosed that the Federal Government had approved the payment of cumulative four-month stipend of N20,000 to 15,562 beneficiaries across the state, adding that the N20,000, which covers payment for the months of January, February, March and April, will be paid to each of the beneficiaries through direct cash transfer as done in few other states of the federation.
He said that the Federal Government’s initiative would complement efforts taken by the state government to cushion the effects of the state-wide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, noting that the government had distributed over 6,000 bags of rice to the needy across the state.
Meanwhile, some residents that benefited from the rice distributed by Osun State government to cushion the effect of the lockdown have alleged that the rice was not good for human consumption.
They said that the rice had expired and was of substandard. Some of them, who spoke with The Guardian argued that the rice was already changing colour.
When The Guardian visited some polling units in Osogbo where the rice was distributed, some residents were not happy with the quantity of rice they were given despite their allegation that the rice was of bad quality due to expiration.
Muraina Olasile, who spoke in Yoruba, said: “The government gave us poor rice despite being small. It appears they brought this rice to share because it has already expired. This is not good.”
Besides, some residents accused the government of playing politics with the sharing of the rice, alleging that only members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were beneficiaries of the gesture.
“Even if you see the bags of rice, you will see APC logo there. It is for their party members and they are using eye-service to share,” a resident, who simply identified himself as Basiru, said.
In a related development, some residents of Ile-Ife have staged a peaceful protest against a group for failing to distribute food items that it promised.
The protesters stormed the premises of Crown FM, Eleiyele, where the announcement of the food donation had been aired.
The General Manager, Crown FM, Ile-Ife, Israel Ogunlade, said the protesters accused him of giving them false information about the plan by a group to distribute food items to cushion the effect of the stay at home.
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