No fewer than 22 former (elected) public office holders in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, who served between June 2011 and February 2012, received about N2.4 million naira cheques yesterday.
The amount covered their furniture allowances in another round of payment of allowances to formal political office holders.
Deputy Governor of the State whose office supervises the local government areas, Prof. Modupe Adelabu distributed the cheques. She told the beneficiaries at the Ikere Local Government Secretariat, along Ise Road that the government was committed to fulfilling its responsibilities to the people, including those who served in public offices.
Explaining that many past political office holders from Ikere and the other council areas had benefited in the first phase of the exercise held in June this year, the deputy governor assured that the present government in the state was determined to reward hard work and will not allow those who had served the people meritoriously to suffer hardship.
She described her principal, Governor Kayode Fayemi as a promise keeper, who has radically transformed the Land of Honour State within three years through the strategic implementation of the Eight-Point Agenda, which was designed as a roadmap to economic recovery of Ekiti State when the administration took the saddle on October 16, 2010.
Adelabu, who lauded the people of the council area for their total support for the administration urged them to sustain the loyalty and cooperation while assuring them of more dividends of democracy.
In his remark, Chairman of the Ikere Caretaker Committee Mr. Adesoji Bamidele thanked the deputy governor and by extension the state government for the gesture, which he described as a clear manifestation of the Fayemi administration’s commitment to raising the standard of living of the people.
Noting that the government has extended the dividends of democracy to every nook and crannies of the state, particularly places which have been abandoned by previous successive government, Adesojii said it was the reason that the entire people of Ikere local government were solidly behind and will continue to support the APC led government.
One of the beneficiaries, Elder Olujoba Olumilua, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, commended the government for not abandoning them after their meritorious service to the state.
He added that the distribution of the cheques has proved the governor as a promise keeper.
Last modified: October 18, 2013