Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, on Wednesday, restated his commitment to the wellbeing of Ekiti people as he presented over N4.7 million to 17 indigent citizens who had approached his office for assistance.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor ( Governor’s Office) Mr Sola Abe, who made the presentation to beneficiaries at the Conference room of the Governor’s Office, Ado Ekiti, said the intervention was in line with the fulfilment of Governor Oyebanji’s campaign promise to ensure wellbeing and prosperity of the people.
Mrs Abe explained that the intervention which ranged from payment of tuition fees, and medical bills to the expansion of businesses among others, is a way of providing succor to vulnerable indigenes of the state who are in dire need of financial assistance.
“This is a program from the Governor’s office for indigenes that are in need and who cannot support themselves. So, the Governor came up with this program, which, from time to time, will intervene and take care of the people’s needs.
“It is a program the Governor is so passionate about. He has earmarked a certain sum every month for this cause. It’s not just the civil servants that will get paid every month, the Governor also wants to reach out to ordinary citizens who are in one need or the other, many of whom are not employed but are skilled in their way. So, it is his way of supporting them and the program will be sustained by God’s grace”. The Governor’s aide asserted.
While charging the beneficiaries to spend the money judiciously, Mrs Abe said “whatever they should endeavor to utilize the money for the purpose they stated in their request letters, adding that recipients of the fund would be monitored going forward to ensure the money is properly utilized. “We will pay them a visit and we will ensure they utilize the money for the actual purpose they stated in their request letters”. Abe said.
Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Communications, Mrs Mary Omotosho said the intervention was an evidence that the welfare of Ekiti people is paramount in the heart of the Governor.
The beneficiaries who received amounts ranging from N100,000 to N700,000 each spoke glowingly about the various welfare programs of the Governor Oyebanji led-administration and prayed for its sustainability,
adding that they never had it so good.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Bolaji Ojumirayo, a student of Adeleke University, Ede, who could not hide her joy, expressed her profound appreciation to the Governor for the assistance saying the Governor’s gesture would save her the embarrassment of dropping out of school.
Last modified: April 20, 2023