FAVOUR SHAUIB, Abuja
Senate Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, representing the Federal Capital Territory has unveiled a multipurpose scholarship and empowerment scheme for youths and women in the Territory. To kick off the initiative christened: ‘SPTA multipurpose scheme’, a total of two hundred grinding machines and fifty tricycles were distributed to groups and individuals.
Also, no fewer than five hundred indigenous youths studying in tertiary institutions across the country have been enlisted to benefit from the scholarship scheme.
Aduda while speaking during the official flag off of the scheme held in Abuja, said the initiative is a way of giving back to the people of the Territory.
According to him, although he has been touching lives of Abuja natives through similar gestures in the past, but the SPTA multipurpose scheme was conceived to ensure continuous impact on their lives especially indigent women and youths of the FCT.
In his remarks, Chairman Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, described the scheme as a laudable project by a ‘passionate and wonderful representative of the FCT’ in the Senate.
He therefore encouraged the youth to be actively involved in governance and the political process of the FCT and country at large, in order to better the lots of the society.
On his part, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, said the conception of the scheme is a reflection of Senator Aduda’s deep and sincere passion for the development of the FCT.
He, therefore, pledged the FCT Administration’s support for the objective of the scheme to be achieved.
On his partm, chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, who spoke on behalf of the chairmen of six FCT councils, urged stakeholders irrespective of party affiliations to key into the project, stressing the need for the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the scheme.
Candido also noted that in order to bring about the desired change in the FCT, all public officials to live up to their respective tasks for the people.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen on the sideline of the event, expressed deep sense of relief and excitement, and thanked Aduda for always having the people at heart.