Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, says his administration will continue to improve the conditions of the less privileged residents.
Governor Akeredolu was speaking at an empowerment programme for 270 less privileged muslims in the State.
He said the programme was part of the creative desire of his administration to make life worth living for citizens.
This was the first time the less privileged within the Muslim community would be so empowered on their respective form of livelihood.
The Governor assured the indigenes that the next phase would accommodate more beneficiaries and that those within such economic bracket were many in the State.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the materials rather than selling them of as it would assist them in no small measure to generate more money and make them live better lives so as to banish poverty.
The empowerment materials distributed include: sewing machines, clippers, generators, hair dryers, bench grinders, grinding machines and cash assistance.
Governor Akeredolu said the State Government was not prepared to be bias against any religion, but assured that a site on which a Mosque would be built within the Government House have been identified and would be built close to the Government House Chapel.
Chairman, Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi had appreciated the governor for the gesture, which he said, was the first of its kind in the history of the State whereby a sitting governor would empower the less privileged Muslims.
The Chairman described the Governor as a respecter of individual beliefs and a leader who combines excellent character with humility in his relationship with citizens, not minding their social and economic statuses.
He said in spite of the economic situation of the State, the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Administration has continually shown commitments to the well-being of residents of the state irrespective of their divergent religious beliefs.
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Alhaji Fawehinmi however, enjoined the Muslim community to reciprocate Governor Akeredolu’s gestures by supporting the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 general elections.
Even Muslim schools in the state have been renovated by this administration, let us continue to pray for the governor’s good health, so that he can deliver on every promises he made to people of the state, he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Lasisi Taiwo, a physically challenged person, who was given a Clipper and a Generator, described the exercise as surprising and encouraging.
He thanked the State Government and the Muslim Welfare Board for associating with them, saying this would brighten their hope of eradicating poverty in their various homes.
Source: Voice of Nigeria