Support has continued to come the way of the Oyo state government in its fight against COVID-19 with individuals and organisations donating in cash and kind.
Among the donors include the successor
of Aare Arisekola who to support the efforts of the Oyo State government to contain and control the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading in the state, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta State, Alhaji Dawud Makanjuola Akinola, has donated the sum of N20 million.
De-Damak, as the Islamic leader is fondly called, made the donation to the state’s COVID-19 containment fund account though his company.
The donation followed the setting up accounts named Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund in three banks.
A recent statement by the government had indicated that the accounts would allow members of the public interested in supporting the efforts of the Oyo State Government to readily make donations.
The state’s commissioner for finance, Mr. Akinola Ojo, had been quoted as giving the nod for the operation of the accounts, which will remain the only avenue by which financial contributions can be made to the state.
In the same vein, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Oyo state chapter, led by its Chairman, Abiodun Ajibade, also donated 300 pieces of sanitizer worth N200,000.
Also at the state ministry of health, the Ibadan central abattoir also, on Thursday, donated bedframe, mosquito nets, mattress to the state.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, health commissioner, Bello assured that the items will be helpful in fighting the virus in the state.
The list of donors was also swelled by Farm Connect which also donated 600 food packages for residents of the state.
Each food package according to Head, Farm Connect, Mr Oluwole Saheed contains beans, garri and salt.
Oluwole urged the state to ensure that when it distributes palliatives, the real vulnerable residents across the state benefit.
Receiving the items, Executive Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agribusiness, Dr Debo Akande said the state was developing a distribution strategy that will adhere to social distancing.
He added that the state government was keen on giving out palliatives once the state works out the modalities.
Mentioning that the state had a stance that every little donation mattered, he assured that every item in cash and kind will be distributed efficiently and fairly to residents of the state.
Member of the Oyo COVID-19 task force, Mr Akinola Ojo had disclosed that the state had so far received about N100 million from well-meaning Nigerians, as of Wednesday.