Ekiti State Government has assured citizens of the state that the government will make their welfare its priority through the concept of stomach infrastructure.
In a statement signed by the governor’s Special Assistant on Information and Civic Orientation, Lanre Ogunsuyi, the government explained that the implementation of the programme would go beyond the provision of food or distributing money to the people, but will take care of all poverty related problems including unemployment.
“Even the Holy Book enjoins us to be our brother’s keeper. We are not talking about having soup kitchens here and there. Even if we do that, it is only a part of the exercise. In foreign lands, they have such things for the poor.
“However, what we are working on is a total package including the health needs of the people.
“A man is not only poor by lacking the three basic needs of life such as food, shelter and clothing. Sickness can also render a man poor.
“The importance of the need for societies globally to eradicate or at least alleviate poverty cannot be over-emphasised and that is why the United Nations declared October 17 of every year the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
“The Fayose administration is placing emphasis on making food abundant and that is why agriculture will be accorded top priority,” the statement read.