Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he visits beer parlours every Friday in order to meeet with the ‘common man’ in the state.
The governor said this in Abuja on Thursday while defending the concept of “stomach infrastructure” introduced by his government. He said that it was wrong to assume that the concept of ‘stomach infrastructure’ only meant the distribution of food and money to the people.
“I also go to beer parlour on Fridays to stay with the common men there. Governance is not church; it is about diverse characters and you must relate with them as such.
“Christmas is coming, why do people go out of their ways to be shopping or doing other things if it is not just to make people merry?
“So, I’m grooming chicken, buying rice, yams, plantain, and the rest of them. I am sure if I give them to families during the festive period, they will be happy. So, stomach infrastructure is a way of life.”
The governor said that most people who committed crime did so because they felt that life was no longer worthy of living for them and that there was no one to tell them that there is life for them.
He said it was because of this that he set up a department for stomach infrastructure and also appointed a special assistant and a personal assistant on it.
“So, my style, without apology, is that stomach infrastructure is a way of life for me, I will relate well with my people to alleviate poverty and hunger,” he added.