– A federal lawmaker, Ganiyu Johnson, said put a smile on the faces of some of his constituents
– Johnson on Monday, December 28, organised an empowerment programme for 200 traders and artisans in Ejigbo and Isolo areas of Lagos state
– The lawmaker said he derives happiness in making life bearable for the needy and the less privileged
Apparently determined to reduce poverty level in his constituency, especially during the economic recession occasioned by the novel COVID-19, a lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency II, at the House of Representatives, Ganiyu Johnson, has empowered no fewer than 200 traders.
Legit.ng reports that the two hundred traders and artisans were drawn from Ejigbo and Isolo local council development areas to benefit from the first phase of empowerment with tools and cash support.
The programme which took place on Monday, December 28, at Okota, was tagged, “Empowerment for women youth and farmers on agricultural equipment on hand carrier motorized welder.”
It was facilitated by Johnson and supported by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development in collaboration with Gatem Nigeria Limited.
The programme was also attended by prominent sons and daughters in the constituency including, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, the Osolo of Isolo, Hon. Jude Idimogu, the lawmaker representing the constituency at the LagossState House of Assembly, Honourable Martins Adegboyega, the first executive chairman of Oshodi/Isolo local government area and a host of others, were in attendance.
The empowerment, expected to be in three phases, was targeted at over five hundred artisans, who were randomly selected based on their requests captured during a series of meet your member of parliament programme.
The lawmaker said the empowerment would provide job opportunities for the people in the informal sector, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the artisans in the constituency, and increase the manufacturing sector through direct labour; and reduce the rate of unemployment within the constituency.
Tools and equipment given to the beneficiaries included grinding machines, sewing machines, barbing kits, hairdressing equipment, automobile toolboxes, make-up kits, photography cameras and printers.
Other categories included those in petty trading, plumbing, cobbling, catering, vulcanizing, welding, carpentry and baking.
Cash of N50,000 was given to over 72 traders, while those in other categories received cash ranging from N10,000 to N20,000, aside the equipment given to them.
In a remark, the Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, described the series of initiatives aimed at eradicating poverty as timely, especially during a recession, with a call on other politicians to emulate the lawmaker.
Adegboyega said that the former Lagos state commissioner for works and infrastructure has helped to reduce the level of poverty in the constituency.
Idimogu who lauded Johnson for organizing the programme amidst economic and COVID-19 difficulties said that Johnson had done well by giving back to his constituency.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Uba Sani foundation in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) organised a two-day sensitization programme for critical stakeholders across the seven local government areas of Kaduna Central senatorial district.
It was reported that the partnership was meant to deepen financial inclusion and create opportunities for access to credit facilities for the people.
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