The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has directed that rice be distributed to the residents of Ekiti State to celebrate Christmas and New Year festivities.
The distribution, which is being handled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Executive Committee in conjunction with JKF Centre, started Saturday afternoon. One hundred and seventy seven (177) wards across the state are to receive their shares while another consignments are for & residents irrespective of party affiliations.
Party leaders, community leaders, trade, religious and women groups are not left out in the sharing of the goodies.Director of JKF Centre, Mr. Biodun Omoleye, said Fayemi, who is also former governor, is aware of the economic challenges among the people, especially the less-privileged in the state where workers and pensioners are owed between eight and nine months salaries and entitlements.
He said Fayemi decided to identify with the people by giving out food items to all the residents in their respective wards across the state irrespective of political leanings to enable them share in the joy of the yuletide.
He said the minister will continue to assist the residents in tackling social dislocations caused by non-payment of salaries, including & embarking on deepening youth entrepreneurial activities in the New Year to mitigate unemployment among young people.