From Daniel Opeyemi, Ilorin
As part of efforts to ameliorate the effects of the current stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon Raphael Adetiba-Olanrewaju has distributed 43 bags of rice to the people of Oke-Ero and Ekiti Local Government Areas of the state.
News Hub Mag! understands that 11 of the 43 bags were donated by the state Commissioner for Finance and Planning, Mrs Olasunbo Florence Oyeyemi.
News Hub Mag! recalls that the Deputy Speaker had earlier distributed over 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizers and same quantity of hand wash liquid soap to the people as a means of promoting the culture of regular hand wash to stave off contracting the dreaded coronavirus.
In a related development, monetary relief packages were extended to 40 party leaders, youths and women in Oke-Ero and Ekiti Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking with News Hub Mag! after the distribution, Hon Adetiba-Olanrewaju said the relief materials were necessary to reduce the pains the people of the areas are likely to face as a result of the stay at home and social distancing to check contracting coronavirus.
“There is no doubt that the stay at home order will impact negatively on our people who are mostly farmers and artisans who eke daily living.
“It, therefore, behoves on us as elected representatives of the people to asauge the pains that come with the partial lockdown as a result of covid-19 pandemic”, he said.
He added that the gesture was to complement the efforts of the state government in bringing succour to the people of the state.
On why the relief materials were extended to Ekiti Local Government Area, Hon Adetiba-Olanrewaju disclosed that, “the people of Oke-Ero and Ekiti constituencies are kith and kin with same heritage”.
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He further disclosed that the extension of the relief materials to Ekiti Local Government Area was in support of the representative of the constituency in the state Assembly, Hon Ganiyu Gabriel Abolarin.
The Deputy Speaker also commended the Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his proactive anti COVID-19 measures which he has put in place in the state.
This he described as “trail blazing and noteworthy, especially the Governor’s donation of his salary since May 2019 to date to tackle coronavirus in the state.”