A Lagos lawmaker, Hon. Segun Olulade has empowered 1000 artisans, traders, less privileged and the physically-challenged in Epe area of the state.
Olulade, the Acting Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services doled out several tools worth millions of Naira at the Eleniyan Mega Empowerment Programme, 2017 – the foundation of the lawmaker.
The lawmaker donated head pans, shovels and hand trowels, sewing machines, dryers, fishing nets, and vulcanising machines. Other items donated were aluminium cutting machines, clippers, sterilisers, grinding machines, deep freezers, refrigerators, oven, burner, wheel chairs, crutches, Carpentry tools and cash gifts.
Olulade, in his speech titled ‘Moment of Humanity, Truth and Trust’ commended the residents for their support and assured them of his commitment to their welfare.
In his own words “Poverty is a global menace which seeks shelter through only one channel – poor leadership. We are giving out not because you are poor, but because we all have needs and the degree of our needs vary. We strive to give based on the peculiarity and needs of the people.
“As a lawmaker, who holds no executive position, I can’t but go out of my way to ensure some levels of provisions for my people from my personal savings for this charitable cause. We do hope that our widow’s mite will touch some corners and bring a few relief for families and their dependents.
“This is also a thank you activity for all and sundry. Giving is a cause,” he said.
The lawmaker, representing Epe Constituency II at the Assembly, also made provisions of drugs for hospitals and Primary Health Centres in the area, he goes further to say that, he had a responsibility to represent the people.
The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, who presented the items to the beneficiaries, urged them to utilise these materials and shun every tendency to sell them.
In his opening remark, Hon. Adeniyi Saliu, the Chief Host and Executive Chairman of Eredo Local Council Development Area ( LCDA) said that the initiative was in response to the plights of the people. Saliu, who urged the beneficiaries of the empowerment not to sell the items, said it was was a “gateway to financial freedom”.
Alhaji Akanni Seriki, the APC Leader, Lagos East Senatorial District said:: “Eleniyan has passed and has performed fantastically”.
The party chief, who passed a vote of confidence on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term, cautioned politicians against the politics of bitterness.
Also speaking, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (APC-Somolu I) at the Assembly told NAN at the event that the primary duty of lawmakers was to provide good representation for constituents and alleviate their suffering. Olowo, who noted that the government alone could not provide employment for all, urged the government to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun representing Epe Constituency I at the Assembly said that people’s representatives should make empowerment continuous to alleviate their suffering.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said:”Representing the people means representing their yearnings and ameliorating their sufferings by and bringing them succour. This is not poverty alleviation but appreciating the people”.