Ekiti State Government has debunked the rumour being peddled by political opposition to the state government that the social security scheme for the elderly in the state is being funded with the local government allocation.
Speaking at Erinjiyan-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state while monitoring the payment of the N5,000 monthly allowance to the elderly across the 16 local government areas of the state, the state Commissioner for Labour, Productivity and Human Capital Development, Mr. Oluwole Ariyo, said that contrary to the rumour that the scheme is financed with the local government allocation, there is actually a budgetary allocation from the state fiscal plan for the scheme.
Ariyo assured that the scheme would stand the test of time since the law establishing it had been duly enacted, adding that the due process of passing the bill through the state House of Assembly before being signed by the Governor was judiciously followed.
He described as equally laughable the insinuation that the scheme was a Federal Government programme, stressing that the idea originated from Ekiti while some other states are beginning to emulate the laudable concept.
The Commissioner charged the beneficiaries and other stakeholders to support the second term bid of Governor Fayemi in order to guarantee the provision of more dividends of democracy and better the lot of the people in the state.
Beneficiaries across the 16 LGAs who were visibly happy with the attention they received from the state government, prayed for the success of Governor Fayemi at the June 21 gubernatorial election.
Mrs. Rachel Ola from Osan Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area in the state said that the N5,000 monthly stipend has assisted immensely in preserving the lives of people that were hitherto hopeless, adding that she was now empowered enough to feed herself without resorting to begging.
72years old, Mr. Bolaji Ogunlana from Erijinyan Ekiti said that all reasonable elderly people in the state would support the second term bid of Governor Fayemi if only to pay him back for the laudable scheme as well as encourage the continuation of all his other commendable programmes.