The Honourable member representing Obokun State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly, Adewumi Adeyemi Irakandu on Saturday distributed several machines to artisans, market women and traders in his Constituency.
The programme, tagged, Skills to Wealth Empowerment saw beneficiaries going home with Aluminium cutting machines, grinding machines, sewing machines, hair dryers and generators.
Others include farming chemicals for varieties of crops and farming equipments. While some others were empowered with money to start up businesses.
Adeyemi said the mission was to take 100 people out of poverty in the first phase of the project.
The Lawmaker assured his constituents that he will bring more of such empowerment to their doorsteps, stating that his determination to tackle poverty has has been with him since his days as a student.
“I have a great passion in the growth and development of our teeming youths and women. Youths and women who out of resiliency and strong determination have continuously contributed to the economy of our great nation through trade and technical works are no doubts genuine movers of our society. I have a strong belief that if we all come together as a force to tackle poverty with a vision of enriching lives through supports, our society will become better.
“In all my years as a child even as an undergraduate in the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Akure, I have always had great compassion and unwavering determination to end poverty because I have seen, felt and experienced what it takes to be wanting or not having enough. With the recent loss of jobs and widening of the colony of unemployed, I greatly believe that setting up of people to involve in technical works and release of grants to small scale businesses will surely reduce the poverty index of every society.
“As the deadly virus, COVID-19 continues to wreck the economy and making majority of the population more vulnerable, I have forwarded my suggestions to resuscitate the economy to appropriate quarters and also advised government at all levels to invest in the people especially the young ones to reduce criminality.
“In my practical contributions to the resuscitation of economy and uplifting of our people from extreme poverty, I am planning to organise a programme tagged “Skills to Wealth Empowerment Programme”. This programme will be in phases and the first phase will be targeted at empowering over 100 people of Obokun State Constituency responsibly.
“We will be focusing on how to assist traders who are deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and young people who have passed through apprenticeship stage will be empowered.
“We will not relent in contributing our quotas to the growth and development of our state.”