Toba Adedeji, Osogbo
The Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has said the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme of N20,000 each to citizens has commenced on Thursday.
Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ismail Omipidan, noted that the payment to indigent citizens is part of efforts to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
According to the governor, “the Federal Government had approved the payment of cumulative four-month stipend of N20,000 to 15,562 beneficiaries across the State.
” The N20,000 which covers payment for the months of January, February, March, and April, will be paid to each of the beneficiaries through Direct Cash Transfer, as it has been done in a few other states of the federation.”
“Disbursement of the stipend commences today, Thursday, 9th April 2020, across the 31 Local Government Areas of the State of Osun, according to a pre-defined disbursement quota.
The summary of the quota shows that in Atakumosa East has 735 beneficiaries, Ilesa East (347), Ilesa West (386), Oriade (209), Ede South (508), Egbedore (305), Ejigbo (778), Iwo (366), Boluwaduro (362), Ila (447), Ifedayo (1062), Ifelodun (720), Odo Otin (526), Boripe (404), Ife East (289), and Ife East Area Office (208).
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Others are Ife North (921), Ife South (302), Ayedire (389), Olaoluwa (334), Isokan (783), Ayedaade (305), Irewole (498), Atakumosa West (341), Obokun (461), Orolu (670), Irepodun (713), Osogbo (519), Ede North (523), Olorunda (727), Ife Central (424).
Oyetola said the FG’s initiative would complement efforts taken by the State government to cushion the effects of the state-wide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the State, noting that the government had on Thursday distributed over 6,000 bags of rice to the needy across the State.
He said the lockdown had impacted the finances of many income earners and had consequently expanded the population of the vulnerable group in the State.
The governor appealed to the Federal government to give more support to the state in this period of the pandemic.
Considering our peculiar circumstance, there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to assist us in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Oyetola added.