Rep to empower 310 constituent members

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LAGOS – Rep. Olayemi Busari (ACCORD -Egbeda/Ona-Ara) said on Saturday that 310 people from his constituency would benefit from his empowerment programme on Feb. 14.

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Busari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone in Lagos that the empowerment programme was part of his efforts to give back to society.

The lawmaker said that the first 30 people, 15 each from two local government areas that form his constituency, would receive one commercial tricycle known as Keke Marwa each.

Busari disclosed that the project would cost him more than N13 million, including the purchase of the 30 tricycles.

He said that the second set of beneficiaries would receive 220 sewing machines, adding that 10 people would be selected from 22 wards, which comprised the two local governments.

The lawmaker added that the sewing machines were purchased at N2.5 million.

“Another 10 block making machines will be given to bricklayers within the two local governments,” he said.

Busari put the cost of the block making machines at N2 million.

“Fifty petty traders within the constituency will also receive cash gift of N50,000 each, totalling N2.5 million, which will be 25 each from the two local government.

“The money will assist the traders to buy more provisions for their stalls or to start a new business of their own,” he said.

He, however, said that the empowerment programme would cost him almost N22 million because of other expenses.

The lawmaker said this was to demonstrate that being in leadership positions must be complemented by reciprocity.

“We will continue to hope that better days are ahead for Nigeria and that our efforts as legislators will not be in vain.

“I will continue to use the instrument of my good office to fight for the rights of my people to ensure that our quota in any federal benefit gets to our people as we have been doing,’’ he said.

Busari said that the occasion would be chaired by AP leader in Oyo, Sen. Rasheed Ladoja, and other chieftains of the party in the state. (NAN)

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