BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has pledged to give priority attention to the implementation of policies and programmes aimed at boosting the standard of living of the people to banish poverty from the state.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi stated this at the weekend during the flag-off of the engagement of the Third Batch of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO)/Public Workfare (PWF) Scheme in Ifaki, Ekiti.
Fayemi stressed his administration zero tolerance for poverty hence its resolve to always empower youths of the state economically to keep them out of redundancy and restiveness.
Represented by his Deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the governor revealed that his administration will soon recommence the payment of stipends to the indigent aged and physically challenged people with the beneficiaries to be drawn from the Single Register for the Poor and Vulnerable Households.
The Single Register, according to a statement on Sunday by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, contains the list of all identified households living below globally accepted poverty line and from where the beneficiaries of YESSO/PWF are drawn.
Describing the World Bank assisted scheme as laudable and a measure to combat poverty which does not respect partisan politics, the governor explained that a total number of 6,437 beneficiaries are participating in the programme.
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