At least 384 Ekiti citizens were captured to benefit from the N11.52 million Survival Fund provided by the Federal Government, with the assistance of the Senator representing the Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.
During the capturing programme in Ado Ekiti, on Saturday, Bamidele represented by his Senior Legislative Assistant, Hon. Bunmi Oguntuase said the beneficiaries were drawn from the five local governments that constitute the Senatorial District.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, disclosed that the beneficiaries will receive a sum of N30,000 each to establish Small scale businesses that would alleviate poverty and the effect of COVID-19 pandemic that is stifling the economy.
Bamidele stated: “The survival fund is an initiative of the federal government to banish poverty in our land. But I facilitated this to benefit my constituents considering what our people are passing through under COVID-19 pandemic.
“The beneficiaries were those of poor background, jobless youths, physically challenged and other categories stipulated as requirements for the scheme.
“I have assured them that the money will be paid into their respective accounts within seven days. The capturing had been done, that was part of the reasons why Nigerians cherished the programme.
“The essence of this survival fund is to reduce poverty and the effect of Covid 19 on the populace and our people must make judicious use of it”, Bamidele advised.