In view of the prevailing security situation in the country, Ekiti State Government has charged citizens of the State on the need to take the issue of security very seriously by reporting strange faces to the police within their localities.
Besides, the government has also pledged that it would soon increase the number of beneficiaries of the State Security Scheme (SSS), where elderly indigenes above 65 receive monthly stipend of N5, 000 to accommodate those that were eligible but left out while compiling the list last year.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Tayo Ekundayo, who gave the charge in Aramoko Ekiti while responding to questions raised by the people of Ekiti West Local Government during a Palace meeting with the people of the town, said “you should always endeavour to report strange faces or movement in your communities to the Police for prompt action.
“People should not compromise the issue of security because this period is very delicate and critical in the history of our dear country.”
Present at the event were Chairman of the Council, Mr Ropo Famubode, Secretary, Akogun Tai Oguntayo , traditional rulers, market men and women, artisans, drivers’ unions, community leaders, women groups, politicians among others.
Ekundayo advised the people to always use the necessary avenues to get information about the policies of Governor Kayode Fayemi-led Administration, rather than joining rumour peddlers in spreading falsehood around about the activities of government.
He said, “This programme is meant to report to you what we have done so far and what you want the present government to do. When Fayemi started campaign in 2006, he made some promises which he had redeemed, so we are here to tell you some of these projects , which though you had already seen”.
The Commissioner said the number of beneficiaries of the State
security scheme still stood at about 20,000, assuring that other eligible elders, who were not computed in the past would soon be given consideration.
“The standard still remains that you must be up to 65 years. And if you are a pensioner or have sons and daughters holding political offices or have accomplished children, you are not qualified. It is meant for indigent elders and those in this category will be given adequate attention”, Ekundayo said.
Based on requests of some speakers at the event, Ekundayo, said Fayemi’s administration would continue to expand the scope of the five kilometers road being executed by all the 16 Councils to bring development to the doorsteps of the rural dwellers.
The Commissioner, declared that the Aramoko—Erinjiyan and other rural roads linking all the communities in the Council, will be rehabilitated to ease the transportation of farm products to townships.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Famubode, praised the State Government for collaborating with the Council in making the 5 kilometres project and operation renovation of all schools a success in all the towns.
He said the Council had distributed about 20,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers in the Council in consonance with the government’s policy to reenergize cocoa production in the State.