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The Osun State government has commenced disbursement of N20 million monthly social support scheme to alleviate poverty and protect vulnerable citizens of the state.

Flagging off the scheme in Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said his administration had injected huge capital inflow into various social protection initiatives while also collaborating with the Federal Government and the private sector to enhance the welfare and wellbeing of people of the state.

The governor urged the beneficiaries to engage in productive ventures that will turn their situation around saying, “as a government, we stand with you in your efforts to bring courage and meaning into your lives and be the good mothers and senior citizens that you desire to be.”

Earlier, the state Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Engr Olalekan Badmus, said the Scheme was one of the several social intervention programmes being run by the state government aimed at bringing relief to the less privileged in the society.

“Since he got into office, our Governor has never left anyone in doubt about his unflinching commitment to the social wellbeing of the citizens. The achievement recorded in all our ongoing intervention programmes would not have been possible without his resolve and drive to bring happiness to the citizens particularly the vulnerable in the state.

“In this special scheme, 4000 indigent people of Osun origin, comprising widows and the elderly are being supported on a monthly basis with a sum of twenty million naira on five thousand naira per beneficiary.

“It is our belief that with this initiative, and others before it, the government’s projection to create a meaningful world for our peace-loving people to live in would be possible in no distant time,” he added.