By Abiodun Nejo
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Abiodun Oyebanji, has urged friends, family, well-wishers and the general public to halt any plan they might have for his 55th birthday slated for December 21.
Oyebanji, who said he would not want any birthday gift, newspaper advert, gathering or party in commemoration of his birthday, said, “instead of advert placements, gifts or parties, anyone willing to celebrate with me should make donations to the children with disabilities in the state.”
The governor in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, on Saturday titled, ‘No birthday celebration for me, says Gov. Oyebanji’, said specifically that such plans should be converted to gifts and support to schools for the physically challenged in the three senatorial districts of the state.
They are; School for the Deaf, Ikoro-Ekiti; School for the Blind, Ikere-Ekiti; and School for the Mentally and Physically Challenged, Ido-Ekiti.
He said, “Financial and material gifts sent to these schools by my friends and well-wishers will be a more appreciated birthday celebration for me. The country is at a point where citizens should make deliberate efforts at reaching out to the less privileged.”