Politics Mimiko justifies distribution of free foodstuffs

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Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko

Adewale Ogungbemi

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.

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