Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said on Thursday the state government would provide palliatives to cushion the effect of the COVID-19-induced lockdown on the people of the state.
Okowa, who disclosed this while speaking to journalists shortly after inspecting the state’s Food Bank at Ibusa, said credible people including local government council chairmen, the clergy, opinion leaders, women, and youth representatives, have been appointed into committees to ensure that the food items got to the right people.
He said the food items were procured by the state government and the rest came from donors.
The governor assured that the distribution of the palliatives would commence at the weekend, adding that measures had been put in place to ensure that the food items get to the vulnerable irrespective of their political or other leanings.
He said: “We have food stocked in our warehouses in Ibusa, Asaba, and Warri and these are the three spots from which we will commence distribution to our various wards and villages.
“We have beans for distribution; we also have rice, noodles and some other food items for distribution and we have constituted committees comprising every local government chairman, members of the House of Assembly and religious leaders.
“The committees have been put in place at the local government and at the ward levels, and we have emphasised that there will be no politics in the distribution of these items. It is for every Deltan and non-Deltan living in the state.
“Once we perfect the processes being put in place by the committee at the state level, we will commence distribution at the weekend and it is our prayer that they will reach out to the most indigent among our people.
“We also appeal to privileged citizens in our various communities to support the government’s effort.”
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