Ekiti State Government will soon start a welfare scheme for teenagers aged 17 to 20 years, the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said.The scheme is to assist beneficiaries in their educational, career and other pursuits and for them to excel.
Governor Fayose said this in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend while meeting with head teachers in public primary schools in the state.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, on Sunday, he quoted the governor as saying that the mode of implementation of the scheme was being worked out.
He, however, said participants would be drawn from all the 177 wards across the state, and that they would be given forms to fill.
In the same vein, the governor said an All Women Conference would be held, where they would be sensitised on their duties as mothers, wives, sisters and being good role models for their children.
A committee, headed by the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, which would organise the conference, would be set up.
On the need to consolidate on the gains recorded in the education sector in recent times, Governor Fayose said his administration would not relent in encouraging teachers and making parents alive to their responsibilities.
”We will be having this type of meeting quarterly and resource people will come to speak to us on different issues. But my observation is that we need a change of attitude. This is because as teachers, we spend more time with our pupils than their parents do.We must not see ourselves as not being able to change.
“Our attitudes must have corresponding effects on the pupils. If you don’t win this battle of attitude, we can’t go far. It is for the good of the state and I don’t want others to take the enviable position we are now in the education sector from us. We will do everything possible to make your work easy,” he said.
He announced that the government would soon distribute 10,000 glasses to people with eye challenges, adding that teachers would be given priority.
Fayose also used the occasion to emphasize on the campaign on washing of hands, saying it was a sure way of preventing diseases.
He urged them to always convey whatever they hear in fora like that to their colleagues.
In another development, the state government will soon hold a special prayer session for workers in the state.
Governor Fayose dropped the hint when he received in audience, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti.
Governor Fayose opined that with the current economic challenges in the country, it was obvious that the state and the nation needed divine intervention.
Pastor Kumuyi, who lauded the achievements recorded so far by the Fayose government, prayed for God’s sustaining power on the governor, government and people of the state.