Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has awarded a contract, totalling N1.2 billion, to carpenters and furniture makers in the state as part of his campaign promises to empower the Ekiti local workforce in the execution of government projects.
The Carpenters and Furniture Makers Association got the patronage after a memorandum of understanding between them and the state government over the various projects was signed.
The MoU signed with the artisans, it was gathered, would involve quality and specification of jobs that would be carried out by them.
Chief of Staff to the Ekiti State governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, who represented Governor Fayose at the ceremony, said the governor was giving the local artisans the project as part of his stomach infrastructure scheme, aimed at wiping off the tears of poverty from the eyes of the people of Ekiti State.
“This is an empowerment project. We are awarding the furniture aspect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) project to these local furniture makers. The project covers about six local government areas in Ekiti State, so they will make the chairs and the tables for all the schools in the six local government areas.
“The whole project would cost the government about N1.2 billion. This gesture by the governor is the first of its kind in Ekiti State. The governor did this to make good his promise to empower local contractors and artisans in the state.”
While charging them to make the best of the opportunity, he said: “I hope you would not disappoint the governor because he has reposed a lot of confidence in you to have given you this project. I pray you will reciprocate his kind gesture by doing a very good job.”