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Not less than sixty physically challenged persons from Ilorin East and Ilorin South federal constituency of Kwara state have been trained on various empowerment skills and vocations.

Speaking at the flag-off of the training on Monday in Ilorin, the sponsor of the training and empowerment who is also the lawmaker representing Ilorin East and Ilorin South federal constituency of Kwara state, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Cook Olododo, said that he organized the one-week training programme to discourage beneficiaries from begging.

The lawmaker who disclosed that this was the 13th edition of his empowerment and training programme for his people reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that his constitutes are self-reliant.

Represented by Alhaji Sa’ad Tajudeen, the lawmaker said that an additional 160 able-bodied youth in the federal constituency have also enjoyed empowerment training, adding that the physically challenged persons and other beneficiaries would be presented with various equipment to carry out practical aspects of their training this Sunday.

He said that the beneficiaries were asked on their areas of individual preference in a needs assessment activity carried out before the training programme, adding that some of the items to be presented to the beneficiaries include industrial machines, deep freezers, power generators, among other items.

The lawmaker, who stressed the need for empowerment of the people noted that it is better to teach people how to fish against giving them fish in form of financial hand-outs.

In his words, “The programme is meant to make our people have something doing which will in turn fetch them money. We don’t want them to go aborrowing or dependent on people. This, we hope will make them to be self-reliant and be financially independent. The people would be presented with equipment after the training.

“We thus admonish them not to sell the items we are presenting to them in order to attract more benefits and encourage the lawmaker to do more for the constituents”.

The lawmaker who sought for the continued support of his people so he can do more for them disclosed that the training and empowerment is part of the dividends of democracy accured to the people for electing the lawmaker as their representative in the National Assembly.

Alhaji Olododo, who advised the people not to sell the equipment, said that a committee would be set up to monitor how the beneficiaries put whatever they are given to good and judicious use.

Speaking on behalf of the consultant for the training programme, Dr. Hauwa Aliyu of Synergy Consultant, charged the people to make good use of the equipment provided to them to help change their economic status, saying that they should not keep them at home redundant.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Kazeem Alao, on behalf of others, appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture, assuring that they would make good use of the empowerment equipment.

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