Fayose Gives Employment To 10 Physically-Challenged ...35 Wheelchairs Too (Photos)

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday gave automatic employment to 10 physically-challenged persons in the state, just as 35 wheelchairs were provided for them.

The governor also said the state government would take over the treatment and upkeep of a five-year-old Olumide Enoch who suffers from palsy.

The governor announced the gestures during an interactive session he

had with the physically-challenged persons at the Governor's Office as

part of activities to mark his first year in office.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the

employment opportunities would cut across different categories of


Those to benefit from the employment are those with sight challenges,

the albinos, the deaf and dumb among others.

The governor also said the 10 persons should include six male and four female.

One of the beneficiaries of the employment opportunities, Miss Ibitoye

Helen, said she graduated from the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti

in 2012 with a second class degree in English and Literary Studies and

had been finding it difficult to make ends meet.

"My parents are old and they live in Ilupeju-Ekiti and after they have

suffered to send me to school, I have become a burden to them.

Words have failed me to really expressed my appreciation to Governor

Ayo Fayose. He has given me a lifeline and I pray that God will uphold

him and grant him more successes in life," she said.

Mrs Olumide, the mother of Enoch, said the family had drained all its

resources in taking care of the boy.

"You can see that I am shaking. This is a big support that I cannot

fully appreciate with words. What the governor has done is like

helping my family to survive. I pray that God will take our dear

governor to higher level and be with him and his family," she said.

The President, Physically-Challenged Persons Association, Ekiti State,

Mr Ojo Peters, said what the governor did was unprecedented in the

history of the state.

"We have had governors in the past and we have not seen this type of

concern for people's welfare like this. Truly, Governor Ayo Fayose is

a kind man and a lover of the downtrodden. Some governors would have

gone on a lavish celebration and not mind people like us," he noted.

In his speech, Fayose challenged wealthy individuals and corporate

bodies to come to the aid of such people.

"Despite their limitations, they are human beings like us. We must not

shun them. I want to express love to you as we mark the first

anniversary of my government. The only thing we can do is to give you

support. You voted for me and I am assuring you that I will appreciate

you," he said.

The governor said homes and special schools for the people would also

be adequately taken care of.

Source: Lere Olayinka
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