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Ekiti State First Lady, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji giving out cash support to Market Women

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, on Thursday reached out to market women with palliative materials to cushion the effects of the economic challenges facing them and their families.

Dr. Oyebanji stormed the Irona Market, a popular neighbourhood market in the state capital with food items and cash support which she gave out to not less than 120 traders to identify with them.

The Governor’s wife urged the traders not to relent in prayers for the administration of her husband, Governor Biodun Oyebanji and the Federal Government led by President Bola Tinubu assuring that hard times will soon be over in the state and the country.

Dr. Oyebanji who took time to visit the beneficiaries in their stalls and shops and personally handed out the largesse said the administration of her husband identifies with every segment of the population and would be ready to ease their pains.

A total number of 60 indigent petty traders selling items like vegetables, okra, locust beans, ponmo (cow skin) received cash support of N15,000 each while another 60 aged beneficiaries received food packs containing rice, beans, garri, salt and additional cash support of N5,000 to purchase soup ingredients.

Many other traders whose names were not captured in the prepared list of beneficiaries also received various forms of cash support from the first lady to ensure that the largesse spread wider in the market.

Dr. Oyebanji described the Irona Market as the neighborhood market in the quarter where she was born, recalling with nostalgia that her mother used to send her to the market to purchase items for the family use.

She appreciated the traders for their support for her husband in the last governorship election which brought him to power urging them to always pray for and stand by the government to succeed in the task of making Ekiti better.

According to her, the people of Ekiti State have already seen the impact made by Governor Oyebanji since he came to power in October 2022 noting that more of such support would be needed for greater turnaround in the state.

Speaking on the prevailing economic situation, Dr. Oyebanji stressed that “these hard times will soon past,” urging the people to keep hope alive as efforts are being made to provide solution and bring them succor.

She said: “We know that things are difficult presently, but let’s be patient. This hard time will not last. This difficult period will soon fizzle out.

The governor’s wife promised to look into the traders’ demands for the construction of a new borehole.

Earlier in her remarks, the Iyaloja (market leader) of Irona Market, Chief Felicia Abiola, hailed the first lady for visiting the traders and reaching out to them noting that her gesture is unprecedented.

Mrs. Abiola said the major problem faced in the market is water scarcity, noting that provision of water facility would go a long way to ease their pain.

The Odoloro of Ado Ekiti, Chief Michael Omotoyinbo, urged the first lady and her husband to continue their good works, noting that the impact is being felt in all parts of the state.

Dr. Oyebanji was accompanied to the market by the Deputy Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bolaji Olagbaju; wife of the Speaker, Mrs. Adenike Aribasoye; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Peju Babafemi; Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs. Tosin Aluko-Ajisafe and other officials.

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