Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji has charged wives of
local government chairmen in the State to replicate social safety net
programmes in their localities in order to bring succour to the
vulnerable segment of the society.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti at a meeting with the wives of local government
chairmen, Dr Oyebanji said there is a need to replicate the Renewed
Hope Initiative of the President’s wife, Senator Remi Tinubu as well
as her own Widows and Orphans Hope project which are both aimed at
making life easier for vulnerable groups such as widows, orphans and
the physically challenged.
The First Lady urged chairmen’s wives to replicate the two initiatives
which encompass economic empowerment, agricultural development, health
care, education and social investment at their various council areas.
She stressed the need for the wives of the council bosses to use their
positions to make positive impact on the masses.
The First Lady also emphasized the need for feedback from the
grassroots most especially on gender related issues.
“The local governments are too quiet, there is need for impact making.
There is need to ensure that all pet projects are working in the
localities, I want you to be alive to it, she added.
Contributing, the vulnerable Project Coordinator in the State, Mrs
Kemi Dairo, sought the support of council areas so as to capture
adequately the numbers of vulnerable people that would benefit from
Also, Gender officer, office of Governor’s wife, Mrs Shelly Attaniel
suggested the need for council Chairmen wives to ensure surveillance
at rural areas on violence against women so that the vulnerable would
not be suffering from injustice.
Earlier, the Coordinator, Ekiti Council chairmen’s Wives Mrs Ebunlomo
Adetunji appreciated the proactive measures put in place at bringing
succor to the orphans and widows in the state promising that such
would be taken to the grassroots in their own little effort.