Hardship: Ekiti to share N331m food items to needy at grassroots

By Nudoiba Ojen

Ekiti State Government has approved the immediate purchase and distribution of N331 million food items to the needy in the 16 local government areas and 22 local council development areas in the State as part of Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s recently announced economic relief programme.

The state government also approved the payment of outstanding furniture allowance of political office holders who served between 2022 and 2023 in recognition of their contribution to the development of their LGAs and to also cushion the effect of hardship in the country.

Benefiting political office holders include vice chairmen, secretaries, councilors, supervisors and special advisers.

The Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Folorunso
Olabode, who made this known in Ado Ekiti, explained that the
development was part of government’s efforts to cushion the effect of the prevailing global economic hardship and the consequence of the removal of the fuel subsidy among others.

This was contained in a statement in Ado Ekiti by the Assistant Director, Information in the Ministry, Princess Adejoke Ajayi.

Olabode, who said that each ward would receive 25 bags of rice,
assured that the distribution would be without bias to political
affiliation or influence.

The commissioner said that the process would be handled in collaboration with the Community Development Associations in each local government area in order to have real impact on the people.

Olabode said that the move is also expected to curb the rising cost of food and serve as palliative for the communities at the grassroots.

The Commissioner advised local governments to encourage people,
particularly the youths in their areas to engage in agriculture,
emphasizing the need to take advantage provided by the state
government through the Ministry of Agriculture to move farmers in the
state from subsistence farming to real agribusiness.

According to him, the Biodun Oyebanji administration has provided farm equipment at highly subsidized prices to young farmers, adding that farm machinery such as ploughs, ridgers, tractors, cultivators, are offered at extremely low prices to encourage young people to get involved in agriculture and help avoid food shortage.

In another development, the commissioner unveiled a new set of the State Executives Council of the State Chapter of the Association of Local
Government of Nigeria (ALGON).

The new Executive Council is made up of Hon. Olusegun Samuel Ojo
(Ekiti East LG Chairman) as Chairman, Hon Segun Ezekiel (Efon LG
Chairman) as the Vice Chairman, Hon Bukola Olowolaju (Igbaraodo/Ogotun
LCDA Chairman) as the Secretary and Hon Felicia Ibiloye (Ero LCDA
Chairman) as the PRO.

Olabode stressed that the new Executive members were selected based on merit using their experiences, past achievements and commitment as

Urging the new Exco to brace for the new responsibility, Olabode
prayed that God would give them wisdom and understanding to direct the affairs successfully.

He assured of the Oyebanji administration’s continued commitment to the welfare, wellbeing and wellness of the people at the grassroots and the State generally.

In his acceptance speech, the new State ALGON Chairman, Hon. Olusegun Ojo expressed gratitude to the Governor Oyebanji for the recognition accorded him.

He therefore promised on behalf of other Exco members to live up to
expectation and justify the confidence reposed in them.

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