By Daud Olatunji
IT was indeed a relief for some aged men and women as well as able bodied persons, who are groaning under the effects of the economic recession in the country.
No fewer than 250 persons including village heads, aged women and men as well as youths in three Local Government Areas of Ogun State, heaved a sigh of relief when they got financial assistance and empowerment to cushion the effects of the economic downturn.
The assistance was facilitated by a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Micky Kazeem.
The programme exposed the rate of the impact of the economic recession as many aged men and women as well as youths, thronged the venue and struggled for the empowerment items.
The empowerment programme was attended by the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Yetunde Onanuga; House of Reps Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila; Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi among others.
The lawmaker, who represents Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency, said political office holders should not wait for constituency projects before they give back to their people.
He urged his colleagues in the National Assembly to use their money to fund empowerment programmes.
His words: “The issue of constituency projects would help us to get the support of our people during election period. It is the time we have to give back to our community. We all know the situation of the economy, it is time to give back to the people because if we consider the economic situation, we won’t do anything till kingdom come.”
The lawmaker dolled out N1million to 10 women under the Small Scale Entrepreneurship Support, while 18 women got N900,000 to boost their business.
The Council of Baales in three local governments (Abeokuta North, Odeda and Obafemi-Owode) got four Toyota cars while seven people also went home with Toyota Previa from the lawmaker.
Five Toyota Camry were also given to five persons while 80 aged men and women in the three local governments got what the House of Representatives member called social welfare package for community elders.
Twenty persons also received cash prize of N25,000 as empowerment for their business while 40 persons received sewing machines just as 20 persons got grinding machines.
The lawmaker also gave out 10 generating sets to 10 persons, even as he gave five deep freezers to five women, with 16 others receiving cash.
Physically challenged persons were not left out as four of them got cash gifts of N100,000.
Governor Amosun lauded the lawmaker’s gesture, saying empowerment programmes should also be part of measures to cushion the effects of recession in the state.
Amsoun said, the economic situation in the country needs to be tackled on all fronts by people both in government and the private sectors.
Represented by his deputy, Mrs.Yetunde Onanuga, the governor said, “political office holders should be concerned over the plight of their people in the state as the country is battling with economic recession.”
No fewer than 63 councillorship candidates in the three local governments as well as 11 chairmanship candidates were also given financial assistance by the lawmaker.