The Ekiti State Government has initiated the distribution of 3,000 bags of rice as relief measures to mitigate the impact of the subsidy removal.
In a press briefing after the weekly executive meeting, Ebenezer Boluwade, Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security and Chair of the Palliative Distribution Committee, announced that the state received five truckloads of palliatives on Monday.
In Boluwade's words: "As of the previous Friday, we obtained 3,000 bags of rice from the Federal Government. During the unloading of the five trucks, 18 bags were found to be defective, leaving us with 2,992 usable bags."
"We have allocated 100 bags specifically for widows and 200 bags for artisans in the private sector. The transport union has been allocated 180 bags, and all market women in Ekiti State will receive 100 bags each. An additional 150 bags have been designated for a special group, while 140 bags are set aside for individuals with disabilities. Pensioners will be provided with 100 bags, and junior staff members in the civil service will also receive 100 bags."
Boluwade further explained that the distribution process, commencing on Wednesday, will extend to all 177 political wards across the state's 16 local governments.
Prior to this, Taiwo Olatunbosun, Commissioner for Information, emphasized that the distribution will occur in phases and will encompass individuals from all political affiliations.
Olatunbosun advised those who have not yet received the initial distribution to remain patient, as the relief measures are intended to reach every corner of the state.