The Osun State Government has approved the start-off of the state’s food support scheme.
This was part of the decisions reached at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held on Monday.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, said the scheme, tagged “Osun Food Support Scheme”, which runs from March this year till November next year, will be targeting 30,000 poor and vulnerable citizens across the state in the first instance.
He said for effective administration, the scheme will target persons with special needs and disabilities in all local government areas; the poor and the vulnerable in churches will be reached through the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN); the needy and the poor in the Muslim community will be reached through the Osun Muslim Community; the vulnerable among artisans through their associations; the needy among other ethnic groups in the state through their leaderships; the traditional worshipers through their association and traders through Iyalojas and Babalojas.
Omipidan also revealed that in line with Governor Oyetola’s policy of promoting small, micro and medium businesses in the state to boost the local economy, all food items will be sourced locally, adding that the programme will commence this March.
Meanwhile, in fulfilment of the promise made by the governor to effectively engage the youth in agriculture, the State Executive Council has also approved the allocation of farmlands to youths in the state.
“It will interest you to know that in the last 10 years, this is the first time the state will be having access to such cleared farmlands,” Omipidan said.
“We have broken a jinx of over 10 years by clearing 1,000 acres of farmlands. We intend to allocate a large chunk of it to our youths who are genuinely interested in farming. We shall be embarking on enlightenment campaigns soon to get interested ones enlisted.”