Ekiti: Government Urged to Close Gap between Social Strata

 

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE

Government at all levels have been enjoined to entrench more policies and programmes that will further bridge the wide gap between the rich and the poor into governance in order to abate the level of poverty and crime in the society.

A philanthropist, Mrs. Funke Bankole who is also the Coordinator of KidsCon, a non-political and non-profit making organization made the call in Ado-Ekiti at a programme organized by the organization for students of private and public secondary schools in Ekiti State.

 Mrs. Bankole said she initiated the programme seven years ago in collaboration with Maltina Company to create avenues where children from private schools which are regarded as exclusive for the affluent in the society blend and interact freely in a friendly environment with children from public schools which are believed to be attended by the children of the lower class.

She disclosed that the maiden edition of the programme was held in Lagos in October, 2018 and that the Ekiti edition was the third following that of Ondo State which was held earlier this year.

The Ekiti edition which was held at the AB Event Centre showcased various Ekiti cultural attributes and displays in form of native dresses, playlets, cultural dances, acrobatic displays, drumming contests and other varieties which were extensively acclaimed by the audience.

The event also witnessed generous distribution of prizes ranging from handsets, bicycles, caps, vests, notebooks and other valuable and expensive prizes to individual students and schools that participated in the event.

The KidsCon Coordinator expressed her delight at the performances and the way and manner the students from various backgrounds related with themselves at the show, noting that if more of such opportunities are created for children from both ends of the social strata to meet and interact, the society will be better for it.

Mrs. Bankole thereafter urged government at all tiers to celebrate children in more special ways by designing programmes and events that will allow children from all works of life and diverse backgrounds meet to play, relate wine and dine together.

She also urged the government to partner and give financial and other logistics supports to non- political and non-profit making philanthropic organizations like KidsCom that are working towards
celebrating children.

The KidsCon Coordinator who expressed her appreciation to the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe and the Olori, Eyesorun Abosede for their invaluable support for the organization also lauded the efforts of the Ekiti State Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology for its collaboration and ensuring the full participation of all the invited schools.

Over 700 students from both public and private schools in the state
participated in the colourful events.

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