The government of Ekiti state on Wednesday commenced the implementation of its Social Welfare Scheme for the needy, aged and unemployed.
According to the state executive, Ayodele Fayose, 10,000 ‘already’ shortlisted beneficiaries would receive N5,000 each every month.
The governor, who is responsible for the initiation of the scheme, also revealed that the beneficiaries cut across various strata of the society – from the physically-challenged, the albinos, visually-impaired, the aged, among others.
Speaking on behalf of the governor, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in a statement, stated that the step was also aimed at alleviating the financial challenges being faced by the masses.
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The statement added that the money will be paid directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
In the statement, the governor assured that in spite of the current economic recession, his administration would still find ways of helping the downtrodden to enable them live in some level of comfort.
The governor said no fewer than 6,000 beneficiaries had their accounts credited with the money on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the kick-off date.
He explained that by directly crediting accounts of beneficiaries, the state was eliminating fraud and ensuring that the real beneficiaries get the money.