By Taiwo Ogunniyi
Hon. Omotayo Awodiji Felix, member representing Irepodun state constituency at the Kwara state House of Assembly, has empowered his constituents with vocational items worth millions of naira.
Some of the items presented to beneficiaries include power generators, freezer, agro-chemicals for the farmers, chemical sprayers, sewing machines, clippers and motorcycles.
Speaking with journalists at the event in Omu-Aranl, Irepodun local government area of the state, Hon. Felix said the empowerment programme was held to complement efforts of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq at impacting lives of the people.
“We have discontinued with past form of empowerment where money like N10,000 or N50,000 were given to people.
“We have realized that overtime they will spend the money and there will be no reflection on the empowerment. The items presented to beneficiaries here will remain with the people for a long time.
“To this end, I want to urge our people to continue to support the government of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who has been so passionate about the life of the people and he is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that Kwarans are living a better life than before.
“We are living no stone unturned doing that. What this ninth Assembly is doing is unprecedented in the legislative history of Kwara state,” he said.
The lawmaker, who said that he remained unconcerned about any interpretation given the programme, added that the focus of the programme was to impact on the lives of the people.
“These are things most artisans require to earn a living from and if you give somebody a means of livelihood I think that person will not forget you tomorrow. That is the essence of this empowerment programme.
The lawmaker urged the beneficiaries to make best use of the opportunity by not selling the items presented to them, saying that they should use them for the purposes for which they were meant.
He also urged politicians in the state to continue to make impact in the lives of the people, saying that ” a life of no impact is a life of no value”.
Some of the beneficiaries who expressed delight, pledged to utilise the items given to them judiciously.
Edited by Felix Ajide