Sequel to the renewed two weeks lockdown by the federal government on containing the spread of COVID-19 virus, Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi has distributed 3,300 food bags and cash gifts to the people of Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the State, with a charge on them to sacrifice this challenging period for the overall benefit of all.
Presenting the palliatives to the people in Oru-Ijebu, Mr. Talabi, who was represented by a Community leader, Otunba (Mrs.) Toun Oduwole, said the gesture, which was a personal sacrifice was to complement efforts of Prince Dapo Abiodun towards cushioning the impact of the pandemic on the people, as well as the untold hardship they may experience during the lockdown period in the State.
The State Scribe appealed to individuals charged with the distribution, to ensure fair and judicious distribution to those in real need, assuring that as time permits, another batch of relief items would be distributed to further support and alleviate the sufferings of the needy.
“This gesture to my people is a token of my love and concern to my kinsmen at this challenging period in our global history. This is the first batch of relief materials to those amongst us that are in real need of succour”, he added.
Speaking on the modus operandi for distribution, a former lawmaker and political leader from the Council area, Hon. Joseph Adegbesan, revealed that a 5-man taskforce, which comprises of representative of the League of Imams, Christian Association of Nigeria, a Market leader, Community Development Association and a sitting politician within the area had been saddled for the seamless distribution to the people.
In their separate remarks, the Chief Imam of Ago-Iwoye, Alh. Ali Adeniyi described the gesture as commendable and pleasing to God, particularly at this trying period, assuring that the list of beneficiaries was intact and ready to receive the palliatives.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman of the Local Council, Evangelist Oluwaseun Ilori said it was a great joy to receive the food items on behalf of members in need, noting that a proper selection process for the beneficiaries was duly adhered to.
Also speaking, Iyaloja of Japara, Ijebu Igbo, Mrs. Iyabo Adesanya said the distribution would benefit the aged and vulnerable within them.