The 15-man Palliative Committee on Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER) has assured residents of Oyo state that it will start disbursement of palliatives soon.
The Committee, headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi has divided itself into 5 sub-committees to fast-track the implementation of the palliatives, as directed by the Governor Seyi Makinde.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade on Tuesday in Ibadan.
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Ogunwuyi said the state government was not unaware of the anticipation by citizens to benefit from the palliatives promised by Governor Seyi Makinde to mitigate the impact of the removal of fuel subsidy.
The 5 sub-committees are: Sub-Committee on Transportation headed by Alh. Gafar Bello; Sub-Committee on Food Palliatives headed by Hon. Segun Olayiwola.
Other sub-committees are: Sub-Committee on Food Security, headed by Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye; Sub-Committee on Small and Micro-Enterprises, headed by Prof. Musibau Babatunde and Sub-Committee on Healthcare headed by Prince Dotun Oyelade.
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It will be recalled that in a state-wide broadcast to cushion the effect of the oil subsidy removal and the general hardship on the people of Oyo State, the Governor promised to put in place measures that will assist the residents, particularly the down-trodden.
The Chairman, Hon Segun Ogunwuyi, at a meeting with the enlarged committee members, said the palliatives would be rolled out the moment the Governor ratifies the final template for the implementation from members.
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He added that input will be extended to 10,000 farmers in various enterprises.
Also, YEAP beneficiaries and small holders farmers who are known and proven to be engaging in active farming will benefit from the N500M government loan.
Hon. Ogunwuyi added that new routes have been mapped out by the transportation sub-committee for residents of the State.
Ogunwuyi said routes mapped out by the transport sub-committee include: Mokola-Apata-Omi Adio; Oja oba- Idi ayunre; Beere- Amuloko; Dugne- Railway station;
Gate Alakia- Adegbayi; Arola-Apete-Mokola.
Others are: Challenge-Beere-Gate; Beere-Olomi-Olunde; Eleyele-Sango-Bodija; Kuola- Elebu-Challenge; Challenge- Apata-omi.
The Committee Chairman added that palliative transportation has been provided for commuters from New Garage-Beere-Gate; Iseyin; Oyo; Ogbomoso; Ibarapa and Saki.
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He therefore urged each sub-committee not to leave any stone unturned, in their quest for the most efficient way to get the palliatives across to those who really need them.