Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Friday celebrated his 47th birthday with orphans and the mentally retarded in the state.
The governor visited orphanages and rehabilitation centres across the state in company with his wife, Bisi, and Deputy Governor Funmi Olayinka, to celebrate with the inmates of the centres.
At the Relief and Rehabilitation Centre in the Stadium area of Ado-Ekiti, the governor, who lamented epileptic power supply to the place, donated a power generator, food items, and clothes to the occupants.
Fayemi, who was 47 on Thursday, said he instructed his friends and well wishers to donate funds to the needy through the Ekiti Development Foundation.
He said that his administration was ready to upgrade all orphanages and rehabilitation centres in the state.
At the Delightsome Oaks Mission School and Orphanage in Adehun, Ado-Ekiti, the governor promised to pay N150,000 every month to the management for the upkeep and running of the orphanage.
He said the money, which is about half of the running cost of the orphanage, would be paid from his purse for one month.
Fayemi said, “Our government is ready to upgrade the facilities at all orphanages in the state. I’m delighted to be here to celebrate with you on my birthday. I instructed my friends, political associates and well wishers who were ready to place congratulatory adverts for me in newspapers, televisions and radio to send the money meant for such to the EDF so that it can be used to provide necessary things for those really in need.
“It is easy for someone in my position to celebrate with great people, but I said that I would celebrate with those who will appreciate it. And that is why I’m here with you.”
Other places visited by the governor included the Erelu Angela Adebayo Children’s Home, Iyin-Ekiti and Ben Folarin School, Ado-Ekiti, where the EDF paid the school fees of 30 orphans and vulnerable children.
The governor cut and shared a birthday cake at each of the places he visited to celebrate his birthday.