The Chairman of Ayo Ekiti Foundation, Barr. Ayo Ajayi, has again demonstrated his philanthropic gesture by giving out tools and equipment as a form of empowerment to about 500 people comprising youths, students, farmers, women and artisans in his constituency – Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Items distributed at the empowerment programme include mechanical tools, farming tools, weldering tools, ionic hand-dryers for hairdressers, barbing clippers, writing materials for students and fuel for Okada riders.
At the programme held in Ikole Ekiti, the Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Adeniyi Adeagbo, said “We are happy that Barr. Ayo Ajayi is doing this fantastic empowerment programme at the moment when the economic situation is not friendly; you are making us proud and we pray that God will continue to bless you and take you to greater height.” Adeagbo said that qualitative empowerment of the masses is far better than given them pittance.
Barr. Ayo Ajayi while delivering his speech said “It is my covenant with God right from my childhood that I would always be there for the needy and the Almighty is helping me to fulfil the promise.”
He said that giving people food, water and shelter without helping them to become creative and independent actually hurt them more than it helps, because it encourages them to remain dependent on others. “This is why Ayo Ekiti Foundation is committed to equipping and training our unemployed youths and artisans in Ikole LGA and beyond,” he said.
He said further “Our concept of empowering the poor is pretty simple; show them the way by providing substantial information, materials, and financial resources and they will walk through it and become independent. Therefore, we find it imperative to focus on empowerment of the poor as the crucial requirement for a sustainable and durable solution to poverty and hunger in the constituency.”
He stressed that his foundation will strongly support women in order to accomplish two important things; first to bring them out of poverty, and second to help them accomplish their economic freedom. Barr. Ayo Ajayi concluded his speech by promising to establish a Vocational Training Centre and support brilliant students with scholarships.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mathew Boluwaju, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Barr. Ayo Ajayi for empowering them. He then charged other wealthy people to emulate Barr. Ayo’s gestures and passion towards their people.
The event was attended by religious leaders, traditional rulers, student representatives of secondary schools led by their teachers, youths organisations, artisans, farmers, traders and leaders from the community.