Gov. Ododo distributes 50 trucks of rice in Kogi, warns officials against diversion

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Governor Ahmed Ododo begins the distribution of 50 truckloads of bags of rice to indigent citizens in households across the 239 wards in the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi state with a stern warning against the diversion of the commodity.

The distribution of the truckloads of rice was a palliative intended to help cushion the present economic hardships in Kogi state.

Speaking during the distribution at the Muhammadu Buhari Square in Lokoja, Gov. Ahmed Ododo emphasized that the intervention was strictly meant for the indigents at the lower level of the socioeconomic spectrum of the society.

He therefore issued a strong warning to officials that will be involved in the distribution of the commodity against diversion and hoarding of the palliative.

“We have put in place the mechanism to track, identify, and deal decisively with those who may want to hoard or divert the items from those who needed them most amongst us.

“This is to keep our focus on sustainable and long-lasting tenure to ensure food security and banish economic hardships in our dear state,” he said.

He thanked President Bola Tinubu for his unwavering support in facilitating the palliative distribution to the indigent citizens of the state.

Ododo also appreciated the people for their understanding, patience and resilience in the challenging period of economic hardships.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment in guaranteeing food security in the state through long term agricultural development plan for massive food production.

He said:” we must produce what we eat, eat what we produce and produce what others eat.

I assure you that the distribution of the palliative will be quarterly exercise across the 239 wards in the 21 LGAs of the state.”

Ododo restated his determination to serve the citizens diligently with the fear of God to deliver the dividends of democracy to them irrespective of the political affiliation, tribe, ethnicity and religion.

“I want to again caution that these palliatives are meant for the indigent who needed them most; we are not going to allow any unpatriotic element to cheat on them.

I will not condone any act of indiscipline. l am going to be part of the Committee that would monitor the distribution of the palliative.

“The time for politics has come and gone, and it is time for governance.

“I beg all of us to allow the poor to breathe; I am part of them, raised among them, I am committed to serve them sincerely and not to disappoint them,” Ododo reiterated.

Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Mrs Rabiat Okwute, commended the governor for the gesture, and urged the people to remain supportive to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

In their goodwill messages, the Speaker, Kogi House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Umar Yusuf; and the Kogi Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Gabriel Amari, commended the governor for the laudable initiative.

They commended the governor for fulfilling his campaign promises to the residents toward alleviating the sufferings of the people and ensure adequate security in the state.

On his part, the Attah Igala and President Kogi Traditional Council, Alh. Matthew Opaluwa, thanked the governor for keeping to his campaign promise to alleviate the plights of the people. (NAN)

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