Former Ekiti State Governor and serving Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi advises Ekiti state workers to embrace farming.
The minister’s advice comes on the heels of reports of unmitigated sufferings among civil servants in Ekiti State occasioned by non-payment of salaries by the state government.
Fayemi appealed to the striking workers and the entire Ekiti populace to engage in farming to cushion the adverse effects of nonpayment of salaries on their well-being.
The Minister made the statement in Ado-Ekiti on Monday while distributing food items to various groups.
This was done at the John Kayode Fayemi Leadership Centre, Ajilosun area of the state capital.
Those who benefited from the former governor’s largesse include civil servants, artisans, nursing mothers, physically challenged, Okada riders, and students among others.
Fayemi, represented by the Director of the Centre, Mr Abiodun Omoleye, said the wind of hunger blowing in Ekiti presently calls for concern.
He used the occasion to advise Ekiti people to engage in food production.
Fayemi stressed that this will help in stemming the level of famine in the land.
He stated that the idea behind the programme was to help the poor citizens of the state mitigate the current economic crunch facing them.
Fayemi also pointed out that the programme was not intended to score cheap political points owing to the inability of Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay workers salaries.
Fayemi Advises Ekiti Workers To Farm
The former governor vowed to continue to help the poor masses in the state.
He took the opportunity to urge other well-meaning Ekiti indigenes to replicate the gesture to prevent hunger and starvation from killing the citizens.
According to him,
“The wind of hunger blowing in Ekiti now is unpleasant. It seems hunger is gradually taking over the land and that is why we that are privileged must continue to identify with the poor.
“This has no ethnic or political colouration, but just a means of helping the needy.
“Taking cognizance of what is happening in Ekiti now when we are reading in the newspapers that some persons are stealing food on fire.
“Our people must embrace farming as a way of life. Food production remains the best for now and nothing more.
“We must all rise up to save our state and the future of our children. Some can’t be living in opulence when some can not afford one square meal a day.
“This welfare programme is going to be a continuous one. We shall do it in a way that would have positive impact on the lives of our people at the community, ward and local government level.”