• APC says it is a ploy to defraud people
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said that at least 10,000 indigent children in the state will be provided Christmas dress made from Ankara and other materials during the Yuletide season.
Fayose, who disclosed this during a meeting with tailors in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, said that the sewing and distribution of the clothes would take place in designated centres across the 16 local councils of the state.
He said he would buy 100 sewing machines, which would later be given out to the tailors through a transparent balloting process to complement those to be used by volunteered ones during the exercise.
Fayose said only children between age one and 10 would benefit from the exercise and that it would be first come first served.However, Chairman of the Tailors Association, Mr. Aderemi Jimoh, commended the governor, saying: “He is not only helping the children, he is empowering and helping us too. How many people come to sew clothes nowadays? We are happy that we won’t just sit down idle during the festive period as we will have work to do too.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Fayose of alleged plot to defraud the state with his plan to buy Christmas clothes for 10,000 children across the state.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party scoffed at the governor’s plan, noting that it was “another fraudulent game to loot the treasury.”
He said: “It is sheer greed, wickedness and callous insensitivity to Ekiti people’s plights for Fayose to refuse to address doctors’ strike in the public hospitals over unpaid salaries while other workers remain unpaid for between six and nine months but he is planning and talking of buying Christmas clothes for 10,000 Ekiti children just because he wants to make money from such unsolicited show of love.”