By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
Assistance on Wednesday came the way of a crippled shoemaker, Timothy Iseoluwa, whose storey building and working materials were burnt during a fire incident in Ikoro-Ekiti recently, as Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, who visited Iseoluwa in Ikoro-Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area, donated the sum of N500,000 to the victim.
He also gave the man a new motorcycle and mandated the Caretaker Chairman of the LG to place the physically-challenged man on a monthly stipend of N20,000.
The governor said he was moved when he saw the plight of Iseoluwa relayed on state television on Tuesday evening.
Fayose said: “I immediately called the Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, who incidentally is from Ikoro to furnish me with details of the man’s predicament. It was then that I was reminded that I was the one who gave him motorcycle and shoemaking machine during my first term in office.
“If somebody with this type of challenge can manage to eke out a living and not resort to begging, then he should be encouraged. We have to come to aid of such a person”.
Fayose also promised to contact his friends to assist Iseoluwa for his business to bounce back.
Iseoluwa, who was short of words, thanked the governor for the assistance. He prayed that God would grant him success in his endeavours.
Also speaking, the Onikoro of Ikoro-Ekiti, Oba Olanrewaju Adeleye, commended the governor for his kind gesture. He also used the occasion to seek assistance for the completion of the town’s palace.