Osun State Government has successfully engaged over 50 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) since the introduction of its Food Support scheme one year ago.

The state governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola made this known at the flag-off ceremony of the 12th edition of the monthly food support programme at the Government Secretariat, Abere.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the governor said the positive impact of the scheme on the economy cannot be over-emphasized as it had helped to promote local production, encourage local entrepreneurs and by extension, alleviate poverty and hunger.

He noted that the impact of the scheme that was introduced to provide food support to vulnerable residents had been very holistic and greatly felt by different sectors of the State’s economy.

The governor stressed that the initiative had helped to feed 360,000 vulnerable residents with multiplier effects on over one million people constituting various households that had benefited in one way or the other since the inception of the programme last year.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Integration, Engineer Olalekan Badmus said the execution of the initiative had been very participatory, collective and holistic.

Engineer Badmus noted that the scheme had brought a paradigm shift to local production just as it had really helped to advance and promote the cause of local entrepreneurs who were hitherto not fully engaged.

Abiodun Adeoye


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