The Osun Executive Council, under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday, gave its nod to the start-off of the State’s Food Support Scheme, christened Osun Food Support Scheme.
This was part of the decisions reached at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held on Monday.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting late Monday night, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, noted that the scheme, which runs from March this year till November next year, will be targeting 30, 000 poor and the vulnerable citizens across the State in the first instance.
He said for effective administration, the scheme will target persons with special needs and disabilities in all LGAs; the poor and the vulnerable in churches will be reached through the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN; the needy and the poor in the Muslim community will be reached through Osun Muslim Community; the vulnerable among artisans through their assoociations; the needy among other ethnic groups in the State through their leaderships; the traditional worshipers through their association and traders through Iyalojas and Babalojas.
The Chief Press Secretary also further revealed that in line with Governor Oyetola’s policy of promoting small, micro and medium businesses in the State to boost local economy, all food items will be sourced locally, adding that the programme will commence this March.
According to the Commissioner for Special Duties who as well doubles as the chairman of the Committee, Engr. Olalekan Badmus, “Through the magnanimity of my principal, we have concluded plans to fall-off the scheme this month as well as other two programmes that are already in the pipeline to support our widows and vulnerable.
“This administration has always placed premium on improving the social welfare of her people and Mr. Governor is doing everything humanly possible to ensure we are able to get certain things done in the nick of time.”