Ondo State Government has disclosed that stringent security measures have been taken to safeguard warehouses housing food items meant to be distributed as palliatives across the state.
The government said none of its warehouses had been looted and that the palliatives were meant to cushion the impact of fuel subsidy removal,
While inspecting the food items and agricultural inputs stored in the warehouses alongside other members of his committee, the Chairman of the Palliative Strategy and Implementation Committee, Wale Akinterinwa assured of prompt distribution of the items to vulnerable members of society.
Akinterinwa also disclosed that the state has received N2 billion out of the N5 billion disbursed by the federal government to the states, adding that the state received 5,700 bags of rice from the federal government but plans to distribute 12,000 bags of rice.
The committee Chairman who doubles as Commissioner for Finance in the state said a special Committee made up of all spectrums of the society was set up to avoid the distribution becoming a political party affair.
“The Federal Government gave us 5700 bags of rice. The state has bought more than that. We will start sharing very soon.
“We put together a committee at the local government level. We have good representation that cuts across the spectrum of the society.
“We have gotten N2bn and we hope that they will give us the balance. They sent maize to us but we received little amount of maize and we hoped to get the balance.”