Ekiti awards N1.2b contracts to local carpenters and furniture makers
EKITI State Government has awarded contracts worth N1.2b to local furniture makers and carpenters in the state.
Members of the association who gathered in large number at the Governor’s Office where the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them and the state government was signed, were excited and hailed Governor Ayodele Fayose for fulfilling his campaign promises to the artisans.
Chief of Staff to the Ekiti State government, Chief Dipo Anisulowo who represented the governor at the occasion, said Governor Fayose 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 the state.
He said, “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 (LGAs) in Ekiti State, so they will make the chairs and the tables for all the schools in the six local councils.
“ 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.”
Addressing the carpenters and furniture makers on the need to make good use of the oppurtunity, Anisulowo 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.”
Chairman of the Association, Evangelist Micheal Ayodele Adeyemi), expressed gratitude to the state government on behalf of the association saying the governor has shown that he is true lover of the masses
He said, “Today is a great day for our association. We are grateful to our governor. Truly speaking, he is a friend of the masses. About a month ago, had called us for a meeting and gave us this surprise and great job. Please extend our gratitude to him. We pray we won’t let him down. The Chief of Staff has also promised not to let us down and we have high hope in him.”
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