•Sponsors free health programme for aged, others
By Ishola Balogun
The current free education policy by the Ogun State government has received a boost as no fewer than 1,400 students from public primary and secondary schools in Abeokuta North, Obafemi-Owode and Odeda Federal constituency benefited from free educational materials donated by a member of House of Representatives representing the Federal Constituency, Mukaila Kazzim.
The state government under the leadership of governor Ibikunle Amosun had launched a free education policy in the public primary and secondary schools since 2011 when he emerged the governor of the state.
The beneficiaries who were full of praises for the lawmaker were drawn from seven schools within the constituency; Premier Secondary School, Ayetoro garage; African Church Grammar School, Ita-Eko; Ansar Ur Deen Primary School, Ita Oje; Egba Odeda High School; Nawar-ur-Deen Grammar School, Obantoko; Magboro Community Primary and Secondary School, Magboro and Ibafo High School, Ibafo.
No fewer than 200 students benefited from each school during the event, which lasted three-days.
Addressing the beneficiaries at their various schools, the lawmaker stressed that the motive behind the outreach was to empower students with necessary materials needed to make them leaders.
He maintained that the outreach was a dividend of democracy, and also in fulfillment of his campaign promises after he was elected into the National Assembly.
Addressing the beneficiaries and their parents, he said, “We want to give materials that would make you productive. Everything we do is not based on party affiliations, but for you all regardless of where you come from. I promised that I would not fail you. I am here to perform one of my duties to represent the good people of Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode and Odeda. To whom much is given much is expected. This is the dividend of democracy.
“These children are leaders of tomorrow and if we call them leaders of tomorrow, we need to equip them. We need to give them the right materials and equipment to enable them be the real leaders. It is time we start actualising this”.
When he was asked on the source of funding, the lawmaker said, “in budgeting term there is something called ‘constituency allowance’ and when it is given to you, it is not for you to spend, but to do things that are needed in the constituency.”
He assured that the project would be a continuous one, promising that other things needed by the students would be attended to.
Free medical test
Meanwhile, the lawmaker has also organised a free health programme for adult and aged people within his Federal constituency .
Saturday Vanguard gathered that there were three centres across the federal constituency provided for the people to benefit from the two days health programme.
Speaking at one of the designated free health centers, Kazzim said “we have come here to help the people medically. We have created a free medical check-up for the people to get tested for HIV as well as other related diseases they may be suffering for. We are running this programme for two days simultaneously in two places.
This is not the first time we would organise something like this but this time around, we have added eye test to treat people with eye problem and recommend glasses if need be. We also decided to extend the programme to two days following our experience the last time where we had a large crowd,”he said.
Some beneficiaries who spoke with Saturday Vanguard expressed sincere gratitude to the lawmaker for his desire to make the community healthier.
A beneficiary, Busiriyu Babatunde, said, “We heard that our honorable is organising free medical service, so I came with my daughter. We were tested for HIV, Diabetes, eye defect and we were given drugs. We also had the opportunity of meeting with doctors who assessed out health.
“We appreciate this programme especially at this time when it is difficult to feed not to talk of taking buying drugs or check our health status. My income is low, I can’t feed my family well. I use this medium to thank the honorable for coming up with this programme. These drugs would have cost me a fortune.
Another beneficiary, Biola Alabi said “I got a call from a friend that there is free medical test. Initially I thought it was another political agenda but when I got here my opinion changed when I saw people from different political parties and medical personnel on ground attending to people.
As a member of this constituency, I see this programme as a way to complement the government’s efforts. If other office holders could do the same, we will not be shouting of bad governance all the time”, he said.