About 300 small-scale entrepreneurs have benefitted from vocational training, while 15 cars, 35 laptops and over 165 vocational equipment were distributed by the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe on Sunday in Ibadan.
The lawmaker facilitated several vocational skills and economic enhancement programmes, which commenced on November 15, 2021, for members of her constituency.
The programs included indigenous fabric production (Tie and Dye) practical in Abeokuta; Aso oke production in Oyo town and aquatic agriculture fish rearing with value-adding marketing options in Ibadan.
The training was facilitated by the lawmaker in conjunction with the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The week-long training ended on Sunday, with empowerment of the participants and others by Hon. Akande-Sadipe with cash grants, and various tools for economic engagement worth over N300million, to boost the economic growth of her constituents.
During her remarks at the event, Hon. Akande-Sadipe noted that this was the 15th program of its kind that she has delivered to her people since she was elected into the National Assembly in 2019.
The empowerment materials distributed included 15 vehicles, 40 horizontal freezers, 35 laptops, 47 grinding machines, 45 sewing machines among others.
Akande-Sadipe, who Chairs, the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs said that the present leadership at the House is committed to making laws that will help reduce the poverty rate in Nigeria.
She said: “My primary function is to make laws for my constituency, but because of the state of our nation, I have prioritized empowerment in my constituency as a key responsibility, still within my WWREEEP campaign promises.
“The present crop of leaders at the 9th Assembly is unrepentantly committed to our constituencies. We honestly are working on ways to lift the majority of Nigerians out of poverty and this is why we promulgate laws that will affect every stratum in Nigeria”.
Akande-Sadipe hinted that as a member of the House of Representatives, in addition to her core legislative responsibilities, making laws through bills, bringing the plight of the people to the fore by the way of motions and petitions, she has facilitated many projects within her constituency such as construction and renovation of blocks of classrooms, provision of solar lights, provision of transformers, provision of borehole water, rehabilitation of roads among others.
“I am still vehemently focused on facilitating the rehabilitation of key road construction projects.
“To mention a few, I have facilitated repairs on Odo-Ona Elewe Idi-Iroko Olugbemi Adewole (Liberty Academy) Road, Ayegun Oleyo-bare Abeokuta Road and Olomi Olojuoro-ita Egba-Ijebu Igbo Road and will continue to lobby the appropriate agencies, FERMA and the Ministry of Works and Housing on these roads.
“I believe so much in empowerment, and this is why at every given opportunity, I collaborate with relevant agencies to empower my people in a bid to add more value to their socio economic well-being.,” she added.
Deputy Chairman, Oyo State All Progressives Congress, Adegboyega Adeyemo, praised the lawmaker for providing good representation to the people of her constituency.
He promised that the party will give every necessary support to her come 2023.