By Olakiitan Victor
John Kayode Fayemi Centre (JKFC) will distribute various food items to nursing mothers and children as its contributions to cushioning the effects of the economic crunch that pervades the state.
The organisation is a pet project of the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, 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 the food crisis arising from the non-payment of salaries in the last six months.
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 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.