The Ekiti State Government has completed and handed over the final phase of 2015 Millennium Development Goals, Conditional Grants Scheme, Local Government Area (MDGs-CDG-LGA) projects to the beneficiaries. The projects include disbursement of N18 million grants to 18 Agric-based cooperative societies in the six pilot Local Government Areas of Ado, Ikere, Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ise/Oun, Ilejemeje and Ikole.
Eight new ambulances were also allocated to Health Facilities in the affected LGAs while 18 ventilated improved toilets were in addition built across the LGAs as part of efforts to curb open defecation, improve environmental sanitation and boost health care delivery in the state.
Speaking during the official handing over of the projects to the Chairmen of the benefiting LGAs, the Chairman of the State Implementation Committee of the Sustainable Development Goals, Barrister Dipo Anisulowo explained that the N18million distributed as grants through the 18 agric based societies was aimed at reducing poverty and hunger particularly among the rural populace, adding that the focus was to build capacity of the rural populace by increasing
rural income and employment in order to achieve a sustainable economic growth in the rural areas.
Barrister Anisulowo who is also the Chief of Staff to the State Governor, warned against misuse of the facilities, stressing that Government would not hesitate to impound the ambulances if they are utilized for any purpose other than those they are meant for.
He advised all stakeholders to imbibe good maintenance culture in order to achieve maximum benefit from the project.