Fayemi’s wife faults allegations against poverty eradication scheme

30 Dec

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi

Wife of the Ekiti State governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has described as outrageous the claim in some quarters that the state Food Bank and Soup Kitchen programmes are cosmetic and ineffective approach towards fighting poverty.

The governor’s wife spoke in Isan Ekiti on Saturday during the 2013 Isan Ekiti Day celebration, noting that the schemes had brought relief to the poor people.

According to her, the schemes are established to cater for the indigent elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, widows and the physically challenged.

She said the programme was part of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s efforts to banish poverty from the state, adding that no fewer than 12 soup kitchens had been established across the state to prepare free meal to indigent elders to cushion the effects of economic hardship.

Mrs. Fayemi said, “It was a genuine effort by Ekiti Development Foundation in partnership with the state government to banish poverty in Ekiti State.

“We established the Food Bank to give free raw food items to some of the beneficiaries to prepare on their own.

“It is a programme that gulps several millions of naira. So, we are committed to its sustainability and I believe it is a veritable weapon to fight poverty because feeding is part of the basic needs of life.”

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