Group distributes palliatives to thousands of residents in Osun

*Donated bulk food items include bags of rice, beans, semovita

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its support to the needy in easing the damaging impacts of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the populations in the state, Osogbo Affairs Forum (OSAF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has distributed food items to over 3,000 vulnerable people across seven major communities in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa, Chairman, OSAF COVID-19 Relief Committee, in a statement disclosed this development Tuesday, July 14, in Lagos.

OSAF is an NGO comprising Osogbo-born professionals in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, according to agency report.

Bolarinwa listed the benefitting communities in Osogbo as Ita-Olokan, Owo Ope, Ayegun-Gbonmi, Oke Baale, Isale Agbe, Isale Osun and Oke Popo.

The Chairman of OSAF COVID-19 Relief Committee said: “As concerned professionals, we felt the need to collectively reach out to the vulnerable and impact our immediate communities, where many have suffered untold hardship due to the earlier lockdowns to contain COVID-19.”

The group adopted a community-based and direct distribution system, using the existing zoning of the town into seven different communities for distribution of the food items.

Bolarinwa stated: “This allowed for the bulk food items made up of bags of rice, beans and semovita to first be distributed to the community heads.

“The heads will in turn package and deliver the food packs to the vulnerable in their communities under the supervision of the OSAF COVID-19 relief committee.”

Dr. Mujidat Salawu, member of OSAF COVID-19 relief committee, was quoted in the statement, saying that the distribution approach was to enable the package get to the targeted members of the communities.

Salawu stated that the heads of the zones were in the best position to identify the vulnerable among them and distribute the items accordingly.

Leaders of some of the benefitting communities in Osogbo, commended the organisation for the palliatives.

Chief Aliu Sonibare, Head of Ayegun-Gbonmi community in the Osun State capital, said the gesture would go a long way to ease the economic burden of the people in this trying time, the statement further said.

Chief Gabriel Oparanti, Leader of Isale-Agbe community, also expressed delight over the gesture saying,

Oparanti said: “We are happy that successful sons and daughters of the land spread across the globe are giving back to their ancestral home at this time of need.

“We pray that God Almighty will continue to replenish the purse of everyone who contributed to make this possible.”

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