Ekiti State Governor,Mr Ayo Fayose Saturday, commenced the implementation of his stomach infrastructure programme ,as he distributed no fewer than 80,000 birds, 100,000 bags of rice and cash gift to the less privileged, widows and aged ones in the state
According to a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, issued in Ado Ekiti Saturday,the office of the governor was besieged by residents who went home with the governor’s largesse.
According to the statement,some of the elderly who could not hide their joy at the rear opportunity of having to celebrate the season with the package were full of prayers for the governor and members of his cabinet.
Some of the beneficiaries had stormed the office as early as 10 am ,as the Governor alongside members of staff had started distributing the package to the people who kept arriving in their multitudes.
Some of the beneficiaries, including Mr Jewoola from Ado-Ekiti, Mr Ife Akinyeye and Mrs Afolabi Mary noted that the gesture has again reaffirmed the governor as a graasroots man to the core.
They appreciated the governor for putting himself in the shoes of the common man who may find it difficult to prepare sumptous meal to his family at this period of festivity.
Others, Mr Joseph Aneke, Mr Olowookere Joseph and Mrs Rachael Abayomi said the governor Ayo Fayose will go down in history as the only governor so far with a genuine welfare package for the people, saying his type of leader was very rear.
The Governor later moved to some markets to distribute the Christmas packages just as he promised that designated centres for the distribution will be created in the 16 Local Governments areas of the state.
In a chat with journalists, the governor stated that what takes priority in his heart daily is the welfare of the people of the state who against all odds returned him to office after 8 years in a landslide victory.
He noted that he will continue to pursue his welfare programme with all his strength as he could not withstand the people of the state suffering.
According to him, the current financial situation will not deter him from reaching to the people of the state because had made a covenant with God to ensure that the people are liberated from the shackles of poverty.
When asked why he gave them money, the Governor said, ” they need to buy pepper, salt, maggi,palm oil etc to cook the chicken.” Among the beneficiaries of the exercise were the widows, aged, pensioners, traders and artisans.