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COVID-19: Gov. Abiodun Spits Fire, Warns Against Diversion Of Relief Materials


Gov. Abiodun 
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has warned against diversion of the relief materials provided by the state government for the poor people, saying government would not tolerate anyone taking advantage of the people.

Abiodun who spoke on Friday at his Iperu-Remo residence maintained that the government would deal with anyone trying to undermine the success of the relief package to the people. 

He however, urged the people to avoid stampede and unnecessary struggle in the cause of distributing these food materials. 

He explained that, the food distribution is an ongoing process that will go around the mapped beneficiaries in due course.

Abiodun however, disclosed that the state is targeting 500, 000 households for the relief materials packaged by the state government to cushion the effects of the lockdown.

He explained that the relief package, which comprised of 5kg each of rice, beans, "gari", as well as tomatoe pastes, vegetable oil, salt and seasoning cubes among others were principally targeted for poor and the vulnerables in the state.

The governor explained that the total lockdown would be relaxed at every 48-hours beginning from 7a.m Tuesday morning till 2p.m in the afternoon for residents to replenish their food stores while the lockdown lasts.

Abiodun further declared that the state government would begin to enforce compulsory wearing of face mask as from Tuesday morning of 7th April till the expiration of the lockdown.

He also announced that the state taskforce constituted by his administration to monitor the daily report and distribution of the stimulus packages from state government to all the 236 wards of the state.

"I wish to appeal to our people to avoid stampede and unnecessary struggle in the cause of distributing these food materials. It will be an ongoing process that will go around the mapped beneficiaries in due course. 

"Let me warn that, any report of diversion and any other sharp practices that undermine the objectives of this relief materials will be viewed very seriously, indeed there will be consequences. 

"Coronavirus has traumatized us enough and the government will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of our people, especially in this trying times."

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