Ekiti relaunches special grants for elderly, physically challenged. …as 15,000 aged citizens get #20,000 each.

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Ekiti State Government has relaunched its Social Security Scheme for
the elderly and the physically challenged with the payment of the
monthly stipend to 15,000 aged citizens.

Distributing a cheque of #20,000 each to beneficiaries at Ekiti parapo
pavilion while marking his first One year anniversary in Office in
Ado-Ekiti, the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi said his mission was
to make Ekiti a place where the cycle of generational poverty can be
broken, in which elderly citizens can live a more decent and healthy
life.

Speaking further, the Governor informed that the scheme had been
repackaged from the payment of five thousand naira (5000) monthly to
twenty thousand naira (20,000) quarterly and that payment would be
made through First Monument Bank and not by cash as it was before.

The Governor said though the Scheme attracted both commendations and
criticisms during his first regime, there were testimonies that the
Social Safety Net Programme brought succor and relief to the elderly
while the monthly injection of #100 million through the Scheme had
positive impacts on the economy of the state.

Dr. Fayemi, who lamented that the immediate past administration
abandoned the Scheme and returned the beneficiaries to the
“unfortunate life of poverty, suffering and neglect”, said the scheme
is now being expanded in partnership with the World Bank to create a
new lease of life for the people.

He assured that his government is for everybody and is determined to
remain all inclusive, stating that the selection of the beneficiaries
was devoid of political partisanship because “hunger does not know
political boundary lines”.

“Each beneficiary will receive a quarterly grant of #20,000 for every
three months and payment will be through their bank account. We will
however not stop at effecting and ensuring payment. We will follow up
on these indigent citizens with other welfare schemes and monitor the
use of the funds to ensure productivity and maximum impact on the
beneficiaries”, he said.

Governor Fayemi said the goal of his government was to make Ekiti a
place where poverty is history by reducing its current poverty indices
of 56% to less than 20% by 2020.

He thanked the World Bank and other Development Partners for
supporting his government in building an Ekiti that everyone will be
proud of.

While speaking at the event, an elder statesman, Chief Deji Fasuan,
commended Governor Fayemi for following in the footsteps of the
founding fathers of the state.

Fasuan said the state had long sought a leader with integrity who
would restore the dignity of Ekiti people and Fayemi has not shirked
in bringing Ekiti positively on the front burner of national
discourse.

He expressed confidence that the state would experience lasting
development with the return of Fayemi as Governor.

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