Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun said that over 400,000 households representing around 2.4 million people have benefited from the distribution of its COVID—19 palliatives.
Abiodun, who mentioned this during a virtual town hall meeting held in Abeokuta, said that no less than four to five individuals per household had been impacted by the strategic distribution of their palliatives in phases across local governments.
The Governor said that part of the socio-economic palliative steps put in place to give life to businesses include the granting of reliefs to business owners, including the six-month extension of the 2019 income tax return period for self-employed residents from 31 March 2020 to 30 September 2020, the eight-month extension of the filing of 2019 annual PAYE returns by PAYE operators / tax agents from 31 January 2020
He said: “In addition to businesses, our administration distributed palliative to over 400,000 vulnerable households to cushion the effect of the COVID-19. At an average of six per household, this translates to about 2.4 million individuals.”
“For us in Ogun State, we appreciate that only healthy people can contribute to development of the state.”
Abiodun, however, assured that priority would continue to be given to road infrastructure and agricultural revolution that would engender individual prosperity for all.
Commissioner for Budget and Planning Mr. Olaoluwa Olabimtan said: “Since the inception of the current administration, the invaluable support, cooperation as well as assistance by the people have fuelled government’s aspirations with respect to moving the state forward.
He added: “It has experienced tremendous improvement in sectors and this is an attestation to the fact that the administration is working at eliminating poverty and underdevelopment in line with best global practices.”
The commissioner said the citizens’ engagement provides an opportunity for them to express their desires and opinions, ”as it has become our individual and collective responsibility to restore the status of our dear state beyond the setback experienced as a result of COVID-19.”