415 persons from across seven Local Government Areas that make up the Western Senatorial District of Kogi State, were Yesterday under a Human Development Outreach Program, supported by the Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi and his wife, Mrs. Tokunbo Awoniyi with items that will help boost their income streams, and improve their earning power.

The gesture according to the Deputy Governor and his wife, is geared towards making citizens of the area self sustaining, economically empowered, enhance their livelihood, and to be employers of labour if possible.

Items presented to beneficiaries include: Motorcycles, Generators, Refrigerators, Hair dryers, Wheel Chairs and Vulcanizer Pumps.

Other items given to beneficiaries who are mostly women, the unemployed, underemployed youths and artisans include; Grinding machines, Sewing machines, Clippers, Farmers spray, Cooking stoves, Electronic tool boxes and undisclosed cash amount to selected women to help them and others across the Western Senatorial District boost their businesses and improve their living standard.

Speaking at the occasion in Mopa, Mopa-amuro Local Government Area, the Deputy Governor and his wife disclosed that the efforts to reach out to members of the society with such support was to assure the people that as leaders in the State, they are aware of their needs, assured that they will continue to do everything humanly possible to ensure that they provide for those in need in their individual and official capacities.

In the words of Mrs. Awoniyi, “we are hoping that by lighting a candle, one thousand others will be lit. By lifting up one additional members of our society, several others will be helped to find the path of economic survival and in so doing; we can create more prosperous and stable society we can all be proud of” she said.

Also in his words, Yomi Awoniyi said, “Government is trying within the limit of resources available to it to affect the lives of the people,” promised better days ahead for the people under a PDP led administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Awoniyi solicited support for President Goodluck Jonathan and all other PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections, said such gesture by the electorates of the districts will help consolidate the immense benefits made under the present administration in the country and in the State.

Yomi Awoniyi and his wife, Mrs. Tokunbo Awoniyi, thanked Capt. Idris Wada, Kogi State Governor and his wife, Hajia Halimat Wada for their invaluable support to the physically challenged members of the society and the vulnerable, appealed for the peoples support to enable the present administration in the State do more for the people.

Various speakers at the programme included Alhaji Hassan Salawu, State PDP Chairman, Chief Ola Akande, one time Deputy Governor, Kogi State, Kayode Ige, Dr. S.K. Adedoyin, amongst others all commended the Deputy Governor for the laudable initiative to empower his constituents which they disclosed was the first of its kind in the area. The various speakers lauded the Deputy Governor for his ability to also galvanize the people of the area to support the present administration and for having the less privilege and vulnerable in the society at heart.

Also speaking at the event,  Ibrahim Dio, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries of the outreach programme said the support will help boost their businesses, boost their economy and improve their standard of living. He also prayed for the success of the present administration in the state under the leadership of Capt Idris Wada.

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