ADDRESS	  BY	  HER	  EXCELLENCY,	  WIFE	  OF	  THE	  GOVERNOR	  OF	  EKITI	  STATE	  AND	  INITIATOR,	  EKITI	  DEV...
 	  	  came	  on	  board	  in	  October,	  2010,	  the	  EDF	  has	  been	  providing	  assistance	  in	  cash	  and	  kin...
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  1. 1.      ADDRESS  BY  HER  EXCELLENCY,  WIFE  OF  THE  GOVERNOR  OF  EKITI  STATE  AND  INITIATOR,  EKITI  DEVELOPMENT  FOUNDATION  AT  THE  FLAG-­‐OFF  OF  THE  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  TOUR  –  on  January  4,  2011    It  gives  me  great  pleasure  to  address  you  this  morning  on  the  tour  of  the  sixteen  Local  Government  Areas  of  the  state,  which  I’m  embarking  upon  beginning  from  today.  The  eight-­‐day  tour  will  take  me  to  the  nooks  and  crannies  of  the  state  beginning  with  Oye  and  Ikole  LGAs  today  and  will  end  with  Ikere  and  Ado-­‐Ekiti  LGAs  on  January  13.      This  is  going  to  be  my  first  major  trip  across  the  sixteen  LGAs  since  my  husband  assumed  office.    This  key  event  will,  therefore,  afford  me  the  opportunity  to  interact  with  people  at  the  grassroots  across  the  state,  particularly  women,  and  to  say  thank  you  for  their  support  for  the  Governor  Kayode  Fayemi-­‐led  administration  in  the  last  one  year.  My  office  is  collaborating  with  the  Ekiti  Development  Foundation,  Ministry  of  Women’s  Affairs,  Social  Development  and  Gender  Equality  for  this  tour,  while  the  State  AIDS  Control  Agency  and  other  stakeholders  are  equally  part  of  the  train.      The  women  and  various  women’s  groups  will  be  the  main  focus  of  the  tour  because  we  cannot  be  talking  about  developing  our  communities  and  by  extension  the  country  without  the  full  involvement  of  women.    Women  constitute  50  per  cent  of  the  population  and  have  been  found  to  be  better  managers  of  resources.  When  you  educate  and  empower  women  to  assume  leadership  positions  at  all  levels,  the  developmental  challenges  confronting  the  country  can  be  addressed.            The  LG  tour  will  provide  a  platform  for  me  to  introduce  the  Ekiti  Development  Foundation,  which  I  formally  launched  in  June,  2011.  Since  this  administration     1    
  2. 2.      came  on  board  in  October,  2010,  the  EDF  has  been  providing  assistance  in  cash  and  kind  for  the  needy  prior  to  the  formal  launch  of  the  foundation.  I’m  pleased  to  inform  you  that  the  foundation  has  so  far  disbursed  more  than  N12m  to  associations,  groups  and  individuals  across  Ekiti  State.  The  EDF,  in  conjunction  with  Globacom  Nigeria  Limited,  will  also  empower  more  people,  including  select  multiple  birth  families  across  the  sixteen  LGAs,  during  the  tour.  There  will  also  be  sensitization  and  awareness  road  shows  on  the  implementation  of  the  state’s  Child  Rights  Act,  the    newly  signed  Gender-­‐Based  Violence  (Prohibition)  Bill  and  breast  cancer  awareness,  among  other  health  and  social  issues  that  I  am  concerned  about.    I  urge  everyone  to  come  along  with  us  as  we  move  from  one  local  government  to  the  other  to  interact  with  women  across  the  state.      I  thank  you  for  listening.       2    

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