Ekiti State Government has promised not to relent in its efforts in rendering assistance to disaster victims and vulnerable people for them to return to their normal lives.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, made the remarks on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti.
It was when he distributed various relief materials from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on behalf of the state government.
He assured the people that the state would continue to collaborate with various agencies of government, corporate organisations and donor agencies to give succour to vulnerable people for them not to become burdens to the society.
While commending NIMASA for the gesture, Egbeyemi described the action as an example of corporate social responsibility, which should be emulated by corporate organisations and well meaning individuals.
NAN reports that some of the relief materials handed out to the beneficiaries include: tricycles, motorcycles, grinding machines, hair dryers, and sewing machines.
Others are: vulcanising machines, generating sets, make-up boxes, while motorcycle, generating sets and computer systems with UPS were given to the SEMA office to assist in their daily official duties.
Egbeyemi appreciated the Federal Government, donors agencies, corporate organisations and individuals, who had contributed towards the development of the state and assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters.
He called for more relief materials from the Federal Government in order to capture victims of the 2020 natural disasters that were yet to benefit from the government support programme.
“These relief materials were donated to improve the livelihoods of Internally Displaced Persons in the state and to help beneficiaries become self-sufficient.
“I must say that it has always been the state government’s interest to assist vulnerable people in the state to reclaim their normal lives and achieve self sufficiency without becoming a burden.
“This is evident in her efforts at various angles through programmes to give a better life to her citizenry. In the light of this, I would like to implore all the beneficiaries to make good use of the items distributed.”
The Chairman of Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Capt. Sunday Adebomi (retd), explained that the materials distributed were parts of the social responsibility on part of the agency.
He lauded the governor for his passion to alleviate poverty and create wealth, pointing out that over 4,000 out of more than 5,000 victims of different disasters recorded in the state in year 2020 had enjoyed relief materials.
He said that the victims of this year’s disasters would be captured as soon as the government procured more relief materials and urged them to be patient.
The General Manager of SEMA, Mr. Jide Borode, urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the materials to boost their businesses rather than selling them.
Borode said that the Fayemi-led administration was passionate about creating enabling environments for vulnerables, businesses to thrive and for the people to live a life that would impart meaningfully on the society.
Some of the beneficiaries : Messrs Adebayo Oni, Omotoso Jacob and Mrs Oluwatoyin Arinola, thanked both the Federal and the Ekiti State Governments for the gesture.
They prayed that Ekiti would continue to witness progress and meaningful development under the Fayemi-led administration.
The 55 beneficiaries of the empowerment tools were selected across the 16 local government areas (LGAs) and the 19 local council development areas (LCDAs) of the state.
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