Ekiti promises more welfare packages for indigent citizens
Ekiti state government has assured it would continue to introduce programmes aimed at improving the standard of living of the people and banishing poverty in the state.
The Chief of Staff to the governor, Hon. Biodun Omoleye stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital while speaking during this month’s distribution of financial grants and empowerment materials to indigent and less privileged citizens across the sixteen local government areas of the state.
Cash gifts, sewing machines, dryer and other materials were handed over to the beneficiaries.
Omoleye noted that the programme was part of the measures put in place towards ensuring that vulnerable citizens were given a sense of belonging and enjoyed dividends of democracy.
While revealing that the beneficiaries were not selected based on their political affiliations, the CoS added that the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has approved the gesture for every month so as to capture more residents of the state.
According to him, no categories of citizens in the state will be left out of the government’s determination to bring succour to everyone home.
He said: “What we are doing here today is to further extend hands of government to our people who are less privileged because we are concern about the welfare of the people and it will continue to be our priority.
“Our students, elders who could not meet their financial obligations are captured in the program. Also, we believe there are artisans that need some of these materials to flourish and improve their works.
“We can’t abandon these people because they were there for us during the electioneering and it is nice we are reciprocating what they have done for us. The programmes will be improved upon so that we can have more beneficiaries in the future.
“We want to intervene in their moment of crisis and let them know that besides God, there are institutional structures that can provide succour.”
Two of the beneficiaries, Yemi Ogundiya and Florence Feyikemi commended the government for the gesture, promising to make adequate use of all they received in improving their lives.