By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.
The John Kayode Fayemi Centre (JKFC) in Ekiti State has expressed readiness to distribute varieties of food items to nursing mothers and children as its contributions to cushion the effects of the economic crunch that pervades the state.
Speaking with newsmen on behalf of the centre at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the Director of the JKF Centre, Mr. Biodun Omoleye, explained that the items will be donated as a stop-gap measure to cushion the effects of food crisis arising from the non-payment of salaries in the last six months.
Omoleye explained that “The food items, which were targeted mainly at nursing mothers and children who are the worst hit by the current economic crunch, are to mitigate the effects of the crushing hunger in the state.
“It is also an extension of the JKF Food Bank Scheme while he was Governor of the state, whereby raw and cooked food items were distributed to the old, weak and vulnerable in the society.”
Omoleye added that the organisation read in newspapers the disturbing news of how otherwise decent house wives and nursing mothers were stealing foodstuffs and soup while babies and children are subjected to agonizing conditions ever witnessed since the creation of the State.
“This embarrassing situation must not be allowed to continue and this is why the JKF centre on humanitarian grounds, decided to intervene by donating food items required by these children and nursing mothers to alleviate their suffering” he said.
The food items which according to Omoleye include beverages, noodles, spaghetti, cereals, salt, semovita and wheat among others, are to be distributed to these vulnerable people through organized forum like Churches, Mosques and other centres identified by the JKF centre.
Stressing the importance of agriculture as a sure bet to fighting poverty and boosting food production, Omoleye said “The JKF Centre enjoins Ekiti people to take advantage of their good soil texture, favourable climate and availability of vast arable land to take farming as extra vocation to mitigate against food shortage in times of food crisis as presently being experienced.”
The JKF Centre enjoined well meaning people in the society to intervene to save lives of future leaders as nothing is too small in this direction. It appreciated the humanitarian gesture by some groups and churches, which recently distributed food items to the unpaid workers and many vulnerable Ekiti people.
He said the non-payment of salaries and emoluments in a state that is wholly dependent on government staffers has greatly affected the standard of living in the state.
“The intervention of the JKF centre will greatly alleviate the sufferings of Ekiti people, especially women and children, who are the worst hit, Omoleye said.
Omoleye disclosed that the food items shall be distributed at the JKFC situation office located along Ajilosun street, Ado-Ekiti added that beneficiaries have been contacted to collect their shares while some will be taken to beneficiaries outside the state capital.
Ekiti hunger crises: JKF Centre to the rescue of children and nursing mothers
By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti.