The governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has distributed about 80 thousand birds, 100 thousand bags of rice and cash gifts to the people of state under his administration’s “stomach infrastructure” programme.
A statement by the media aide to the governor, Idowu Adelusi, said the items were distributed between Thursday and Friday.
Mr. Fayose had appointed a special aide on stomach infrastructure when he assumed office in October.
The statement said the people of the state who continued to besiege the Governor’s office in their large numbers as well as those who had theirs delivered to them at their domain, were amazed at the governor’s gesture, which they noted had not happened for a long time in the state.
It also said the elderly who could not hide their joy at the rare opportunity of having to celebrate the season with the package poured torrents of prayers on Mr. Fayose, describing him as a supporter of a common man.
The statement said as early as 10 in the morning, the governor and some members of staff started distributing the package to the people who kept appearing in their multitudes.
Some of the beneficiaries, Ife Akinyeye and Mary Afolabi, noted that the gesture had again reaffirmed the governor as a grassroots man.
The statement said they appreciated the governor for considering the common man who may find it difficult to prepare sumptuous meal to their families during the period of festivity.
Mr. Fayose later moved to the market places with same package for those who could not make it to the Governor’s office with a promise that all the 16 Local Governments Areas would be designated centres for the distribution.
He said he was interested in the welfare of the people who against all odds returned him to office after eight years in a landslide victory.
He said he would continue to pursue his welfare programme because he as he could not stand the suffering of the people of the state.
The governor said the current financial situation would not deter him from reaching out to the people because had made a covenant with God to ensure that the people were liberated from the shackles of poverty.
Explaining why he gave money to the people, Mr. Fayose said, “They need to buy pepper, salt, maggi, palm oil etc to cook the chicken.”