104 benefit from Ekiti’s multiple Birth Trust Fund
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
No fewer than 104 residents of Ekiti state have benefitted from the State Multiple Birth Trust Fund.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the programme aimed at providing support for families with multiple births has been revitalised in the State after a four- year break, with the disbursement of products to 104 families by the First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
He explained that the wife of the Governor Erelu Fayemi who made the first tranche of the disbursement in Ado-Ekiti expressed her happiness that the Trust Fund was back in the state.
She also congratulated parents who gathered at the ceremony organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady.
Cash gifts, baby foods and other family support products were distributed to families with multiple births at the event.
Erelu Fayemi said the Multiple Birth Trust Fund was initiated in 2010 to provide assistance for families who have been blessed by God with multiple births, but who were finding it difficult to cope because of their circumstances.
The investments, according to her were created to support the children through school on a long term basis.
Erelu Fayemi expressed her sadness for the non-continuation of the initiative post-Kayode Fayemi administration, hinting on the need to institutionalise the trust fund.
The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Chief (Mrs) Moji Fafure, said over 700 multiple birth parents benefited from cash disbursed during the first term of the Fayemi-led administration.
Mrs Oriowo Victoria who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries lauded the First Lady for the initiative while describing it as unprecedented.