EXCLUSIVE: Lagelu Constituents Rejoice As Oyo Assembly Lawmaker, AKT Begins Third Phase Of Financial Empowerment
By Henry Odeh
Residents of Lagelu local government have expressed gratitude to their lawmaker, Honourable Olajide Akintunde popularly called AKT, over commencement of third phase of financial empowerment at the constituency.
AKT as he is fondly called explained during an interaction with Sunrisebulletin. com in his office on Wednesday at the Parliament office, state Secretariat, Ibadan, that he embarked on the financial empowerment scheme with the aim of making members of his constituent financially independent.
He explained that the very essence of being in government is to improve human welfare and their quality of life, expressing worry over the rate of visitation at his office which is almost on daily basis and describing it as a pointer to the need for him to engage more people productively so that such visits which was usually to solicit for help would reduce.
He said that his monitoring team had gone round all the wards in the local government and has reported back to him with recommendations to train and empower readily available unemployed youths and vulnerable women in order to reduce the scourge of unemployment in the area.
He stated that the first and second phase of the empowerment scheme was made open for all but the third phase was targeted at specific persons such as unemployed youths and vulnerable women across all the wards in the Lagelu local government.
Mr Olasunbo Olaniyan, the Personal Assistant to Honourable Akintunde who is also the coordinator of the monitoring committee for the office of Oyo Assembly PDP Whip, told Sunrisebulletin.com that what slowed down vocational training activities at the local government is COVID-19 pandemic that placed restrictions on large public gathering.
Mr Olaniyan explained that activities will return to full swing very soon since such restrictions on public gatherings are being eased up by the state government.
He noted that no fewer than ten persons are beneficiaries of N10,000 (ten thousand naira) each to enable them begin small scale businesses adding that even though the money was not much if well managed with determination, dedication, and commitment, it could yield more income for beneficiaries.
He explained the desire of the lawmaker to do more and capture more people out of the poverty net but paucity of funds has been a major factor affecting plans for the constituency noting that with time situation in the state will improve and with the capacity to do more, he will readily reach out to more people equitably.