Senator Magnus Abe has empowered no fewer than 60 men, women and youths drawn from the 11 wards in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State.
About 1,100 women from the area, particularly widows, also benefitted from the free wrappers scheme of the wife of the senator, Mrs. Bariyaah Abe, bringing the number of beneficiaries of the scheme to 9,000.
Abe, who represents Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, arrived Opobo town, headquarters of the council to a reception by a crowd consisting of men, women, and youths of the council .
Speaking at the event, the senator said”that the empowerment programme initiated outside his constituency projects was a direct response to the support from the people of the senatorial district and follows the resolve of elected representatives in Rivers State to ensure personal contact with the electorate.
Abe said “What is happening in the politics of Nigeria is that there are middle-men, between you and the government. They collect what is meant for you and give you peanuts. I came to tell you that Governor Rotimi Amaechi has eliminated political middle-man in the politics of Rivers State. He has brought dividends of democracy directly to you and your children.
“The middle-men are in Abuja trying to sell your future. They are promising people that if they bring money, they will deliver Rivers State to them. They are not asking you; they are not talking to you; they are not asking you what you think, they are not asking you what you like, they are not coming to look for you, but they are in Abuja collecting money on your behalf.”