When Kayode Fayemi was booted out from office by the people of Ekiti in 2014, one of the criticisms against him was a refusal to distribute what he cynically referred to as “stomach infrastructure” – food and other consumables – to the residents.
As speculations swirl about his intentions to race for the Ekiti top job again next year, Fayemi has now begun to distribute stomach infrastructure.
The Mines and Steel Development minister last weekend directed that rice be distributed to the residents of Ekiti State to celebrate Christmas and New Year festivities.
Under the program, 177 wards in the state are to receive their shares while another consignments are for residents irrespective of party affiliations.
According to the Director of JKF Centre, Mr. Biodun Omoleye, the former governor “is aware of the economic challenges among the people, especially the less-privileged in the state where workers and pensioners are owed between eight and nine months salaries and entitlements.”
He said the minister will continue to assist the residents in tackling social dislocations caused by non-payment of salaries, including embarking on deepening youth entrepreneurial activities in the New Year to mitigate unemployment among young people.
Fayose steps it up:
But as Fayemi joins the stomach infrastructure bandwagon, Fayose who is the father of stomach infrastructure has stepped it up, moving from just food to fuel.
In a message on Sunday, he said: “To reduce the hardship being faced by our people because of scarcity of fuel, I have directed that 80% of the petrol in the 60,000 litres capacity Govt House Fuel Dump be taken to a Petrol station in Ado Ekiti to be announced soon. It will be sold to the public at N145/litre.
“I cannot be keeping fuel in the govt house dump while our people keep suffering.
I have asked them to pump out 80% of the petrol in the Govt House Fuel Dump to be sold at control price of N145. The maximum a single individual can buy will be 25 litres.”