A second term member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Peter O. Akpatason (Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency), has distributed starter kits to his constituents as part of his empowerment programme. The programme is the second by the lawmaker in his constituency. According to him, the initiative was designed to sustain economic activities in Akoko-Edo through capacity building.
“We have a total of 15 trainees for block moulding, 22 trainees for fashion design, 6 trainees for computer operation, 10 trainees for hair dressing, 5 trainees for photography, 12 trainees for tie & dye and 10 trainees for barbing all of whom were given starter kits”, Akpatason said.
He restated his commitment to infrastructural development in the federal constituency.
Kick starting the two-day programme, which also witnessed the commissioning of several projects initiated by the lawmaker in the ten wards that make up the federal constituency and a town hall meeting attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Akpatason visited the Akoko-Edo traditional council to brief the members on his activities in the last two years.
He told the traditional rulers that the 8th National Assembly was reviewing the constitution because the provisions were inadequate to move Nigeria forward.
According to him, despite the economic recession in the country which almost made the implementation of the 2016 budget impossible, some of government’s intervention projects were implemented. He added that the first 150 beneficiaries of his empowerment initiative would benefit from the Governor Obaseki Small and Medium Enterprise loan scheme while the new beneficiaries of 80 persons will bring the number of beneficiaries to 220 persons from Akoko-Edo.
Akpatason also said motorcycles and tricycles would be distributed to his constituents to empower them, saying he had influenced the siting of oil palm and cassava mills in Akoko –Edo under the 2017 budget. According to him, the School of Solid Minerals and Geological Studies he was facilitating to be sited in the constituency through a legislative bill was borne out of his desire to tackle unemployment in Akoko-Edo.
The lawmaker listed the bills and motions he sponsored in the House with direct impact on the federal constituency and his collaboration with Senator Francis Alimikhena to attract development to Akoko-Edo and Edo North. On education, he said he published a compendium of past WAEC questions from 1988-2016 for Akoko-Edo students for preparation and revision.
Responding, the Olokpe of Okpe commended Akpatason for bringing democracy dividends to Akoko-Edo, saying this was why he was the first to honour him with a title in Okpe Kingdom. The Otaru of Igarra also commended the lawmaker for carrying the traditional rulers along on his programmes.
The programme continued with the commissioning of projects in some villages in Akoko-Edo executed by the lawmaker. While commissioning a block of three classrooms at the Ojirami-Afe Comprehensive College, Hon. Harrison Ogbofa, the immediate past councillor Ward 5, thanked Akpatason for fulfilling a promise made barely a year after. Akpatason attributed his commitment to the Ojirami-Afe development to the willingness of the community to get help.
The entourage moved to Ojirami Peteshi to commission a step down transformer. Next was Enwan for the commissioning of the I.C.T centre.
Okpe was the next port of call for the commissioning of two solar powered boreholes with overhead tank facilitated by Akpatason through the Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority. While commissioning the boreholes, the lawmaker stressed the need for the provision of water as against the alternative of going to the stream which exposes the people to attacks by reptiles and criminal elements.
The train moved to Aiyegunle to commission a borehole with overhead tank.
Thereafter Akpatason hosted his constituents to a town hall briefing and steward report at Akoko-Edo Multipurpose Hall. The occasion was graced by Dogara, who was represented by Hon. Johnson Ogumah. Also present were two former chairmen of Akoko-Edo Local Government Council, Hon. Chief A.A. Amune and Hon. Folorunsho.
Others who graced the occasion include Chief Don Umoru, former Director, NDE, Bar. S.S. Mayaki, Dr. Obaitan, Sen. Francis Alimikhena, Hon. Dele Oloruntoba former House of Assembly member, Hon. Helen Akpabio, woman leader, Madam Cordelia Iyogun, Hon. Jeffery Obasanmi APC LGA Chair, Chief C.S. Lawani and Andrew Ojo Momoh.
Amune, who chaired the occasion, thanked Akpatason for the quality representation of the ten wards of Akoko-Edo at the House of Reps, saying it was for this that he was honoured with awards by the Erudite Youth Forum and the Afemai Vanguard.
Dogara, who spoke through Ogumah, described Akpatason as a complete gentleman with leadership qualities. He admonished the people of Akoko-Edo to send Akpatason back to Abuja at the next election for the sake of Nigeria, as the nation needs people like him for a better Nigeria.
The lawmaker thanked the people of Akoko-Edo for the mandate to serve. He narrated how he did a need assessment which made it possible to touch almost all the villages in Akoko-Edo and which endeared him to the people who voted him for a second term. He unveiled a Multipurpose Cooperative intended to manage the motorcycles and tricycles he was bringing for the Akoko-Edo people since the items cannot go round the almost 1million people.