Lagos lawmaker empowers hundreds of constituents
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Nurudeen Saka-Solaja, on Friday empowered several artisans, traders and other constituents of Ikorodu with trade tools worth millions of naira.
Saka-Solaja, the Acting Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Science and Technology, organised the empowerment on the platform of Bibire Mega Empowerment Programme in Imota area of the State.
The lawmaker, who represents Ikorodu Constituency II at the Assembly, donated sewing machines, grinding machines, dryers, and fishing nets to lucky residents.
Other items donated to people by the legislator included Barbing tools and generating sets, vulcanising machines, farming tools, crates of soft drinks as well as coolers, food items and money.
Saka-Solaja said: “I am happy to support my constituents, who reposed confidence in me to represent them and I would do my best to ensure that their welfare is protected.
“We are giving out these materials, not because they are poor, but because we all have needs, and the degree of our needs vary.
“Our people must be empowered for them to be happy and by so doing our society will be a good place to live. It is an annual event but this year’s edition is different as it focuses more on adults.
“I have been empowering youth for computer trainings and distribution of free GCE and UTME forms to indigent students to help them in their education.
“Artisans must be empowered too, and we are also empowering those who have not acquired any skill so that they could start petty trading for their livelihood.’
The lawmaker said that his determination to assist all categories of people informed donation of crate of soft drinks to many unskilled persons to start up a business.
While commending Saka-Solaja for the gesture, his colleague in the House who is representing Epe constituency II, Hon. Segun Olulade said, it was a worthwhile exercise
Olulade who is the Chairman House Committee on Health Services described the empowerment as a way of giving back to the people.
Olulade who is aspiring for a seat in the House of Representatives added that the empowerment would bring succour to the residents.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Afolarin Lateef, who got a generating set and clippers, commended the lawmaker for the gesture, saying it would help his work as a trained barber.
Also, Mr. Adesanya Tejumola, who received a vulcanising machine, said: “Since I finished training, I have not been able to stand on my own because of lack of fund to buy the equipment. I am very grateful to God and the lawmaker. I am happy today.”
Miss Adijat Odusanya, a fashion designer, said the sewing machine would take her work to higher ground.
According to her, the only sewing machine she had was being shared with her apprentices, saying the gesture would help her do more jobs and train more people.
For a better society.