By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
A lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulsobur Olayiwola Olawale aka Omititi has disclosed that his mega empowerment programmes were meant to make life better for the people of Mushin area of the state.
Olawale, who spoke after his five-in-one empowerment programme for the residents of the area on Monday 3rd February, stated that he was committed to making life better for his people.
The lawmaker, representing Mushin Constituency 2 in the Assembly, disclosed that apart from widows that were empowered during the programme, other categories of people also benefitted from the gesture.
“The first thing we did was the enrolment of students for free computer education. We took in 120 of them as we do regularly because we are in the age of internet.
“We started about 12 years ago in Mushin before we got here. Some students would come in the morning, while others would come for the evening session.
“We will also empower them with computer equipment after the training programme.
“Also, we empowered widows, widowers and the aged. We picked them from the 10 wards in the area. Apart from the 10 wards in Mushin, we also went round and picked some people that are voters, who are not even members of the APC.
“We gave 100 of them N5,000 each and it is not a one off thing.
‘We had been doing it secretly before. We will be giving them N5,000 each every month. We have a register for the old people as well as widows and widowers that would benefit from the programme,” he said.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs, said further that the third aspect of the programme was the support given to some traders in the burnt Amu Market in the area.
He disclosed that it was not possible for him to reach all the traders in the market, but that he gave N50,000 each to 10 of the of the traders that sought his help.
The fourth leg of the empowerment programme, he said was the support given to a boy called Moses that he said he loved so much.
His words: “We had been helping Moses for long. He wrote UTME and he did well and he was admitted to study Civil Engineering at the University of Ibadan.
“We gave him scholarship awards today. As we did for him before he got admission, we will continue to support him throughout his stay in the university.
“The fifth aspect was the support we gave to party members, who stood by us during the campaign, we call them “Omititi Angels.”
“We gave 20 of them N25,000 each totalling N500,000 to support their businesses.”
Olawale revealed that the youths that were empowered for the computer training were chosen from the 10 wards in the local government.
The method used for the selection, he said was that the party leaders were told to select those who were interested in the training.
He added that five students were chosen in each of the 10 wards to make the figure 50, while the rest 70 came from those who showed interest through some other platforms.
Omititi however, advised the Amu Market traders that were empowered to utilise the money he gave them judiciously.
He urged them not to waste the money, and that they could multiply the N50,000 so that it could become N500,000 in a year since it is not a loan.
“Such money is not meant for buying family uniform (aso ebi) or for pools and betting.
“We want to praise the government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state for rising to the occasion, when the market got burnt as he went to the place the second day to sympathize with the traders and he promised to assist them.
“I can tell you that the state government is making plans for this. That was why we decided to do our own before the state government comes in.
“We will like to advise the people to be careful during the harmattan period and avoid gaseous substance and naked fire,” he said.