Wife of the Governor of Ogun State Mrs. Olufunso Amosun through her Upliftings the Aged Welfare Cards has given out 500 free ATMs to senior citizens drawn from across the 20 Local Government areas of the state as part of her desire to offer a helping hand to the elderly people who due to old age could not fend for themselves again.
Speaking during the launching ceremony of the UPLIFTing the Aged Welfare (ATM) Cards at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto in Abeokuta, Mrs. Amosun said the cards would hasten and reduce the rigour and other challenges encountered during the distribution of food and commodities to the aged scattered across the length and breadth of Ogun State.
She explained that the Welfare Card, which was donated by Ecobank Plc, was a continuation of the her UPLIFTing the Aged welfare package designed to make life more comfortable for the senior citizens in the state, saying the enlisted aged people could now access their monthly stipends through the Welfare Cards to purchase their food and other commodities without having to come down to Abeokuta or workers travelling hundreds of kilometres to distribute those items.
According to her, “The Welfare Cards is in line with the proposed cashless policy of the State Government to reduce handling of cash in the society. This would go a long way in uplifting the lives of our revered citizens and contribute positively to the development of our economy.”
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Ecobank Plc, Mr. Kingsley Aigbokhaevbo said the Welfare Cards would enable the senior citizens gain access to the monthly allowance without stress and commended Ogun State government for being a pacesetter in human-oriented projects as part of its mission to rebuild the state.