- Graduates 20 Women and Youths
- Gives Them Start Up Kits and Capitals
The saying that ‘teach me how to fish and not give me fish’ came into play yesterday as the Chief Whip representing Ward I in the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Legislative arm, Hon. Ifeoma Anene empowered 20 women among which are youths in her ward.
The empowerment came in the form of a one month training programme on catering services for 20 women and youths in Ward I.
The programme which culminated with a graduation ceremony at Yaya Crescent had the likes of Alhaji Kareem Oluwa, Baale, Danakaka, Hon. Jimoh Lukman, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader, Lagos West Senatorial District; Prince Biola Oluwa, PA to the Executive Chairman, Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA; Alhaji Amuda popularly known as Change Channel and a host lot of others in attendance.
In his opening speech, the Executive Chairman, Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government council ably represented by Mr. Oyenubi, former Chairman of the APC in Ward I extolled the virtues of Hon. Anene whom he described as God-sent to the people of Ward I.
He went on to congratulate the graduands and prayed for God’s blessings upon whatsoever they lay their hands upon to do with the startup capital given to them.
“We started this journey together and I am so happy to be alive to witness the concluding part of this journey,” he said.
“Today is going to be another step and with what you are getting as startups today, don’t take it as small because no empowerment is small,” he advised.
In her opening speech, Hon. Ifeoma Anene appreciated the party leaders for giving her the opportunity to serve.
“I feel very proud to be here today as Councilor of Ward I, to share the fulfillment of yet another electoral promise to you,” she began.
“Am proud to have a Leader, Mentor and be part of the Government of Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola. May God bless you sir.”
She stressed the fact that they are determined to ensure that every resident of Ward I benefit from the policies and programmes of the government in their renewed efforts to build the Ajeromi Ifelodun of their dream.
Democracy she said is about people and the government is poised to create and deliver its dividends to the people.
“We are your government and this is why you are our first priority. People are the greatest asset that we have. They are the greatest infrastructure that we build upon,” Hon. Anene asserted.
“As we work along with our Honourable Chairman to build roads, Schools and empower women and Youths, we are conscious that we build them for the people and that is why we are more concerned and more determined to make critical legislature that will be geared towards empowering our people.”
This is why it gives me immeasurable pleasure to be graduating 20 young people who are beneficiaries of my skills acquisition and vocational training across ward I.
Today, each of the 20 graduands will automatically become self-dependent and self-supporting to start their individual businesses as they will also be benefiting from startup kits and financial support.”
She also affirmed that in the face of the present challenges in global economies, they are creating jobs and fighting hunger in Ajeromi-Ifelodun through laudable programmes and initiatives of Hon Ayoola the Executive Chairman whom she sees as her mentor.
“For our younger compatriots, we are giving you an opportunity we did not have. We were trained to study and look for jobs. We recognize today how much the world has changed, therefore we are determined to prepare you for the future by training you to create jobs for yourselves and others rather than wait for jobs to be created,” she posited.
The trainer of the graduands, Mrs. Bridget Udoma who couldn’t hide her joy when called upon, gave glory to God for this assignment.
“I give glory to God Almighty who has been faithful to us. I want to also thank Hon. Ifeoma Anene for bringing out what God laid in her heart.”
Dignitaries took out time to have a taste of the snacks and dishes prepared by the graduands before certificates and the financial support was given to the graduands.
Speaking with Community Watch Plus after the event, Mr. Wahab Edoreh, a member of Ward I stated unequivocally that Hon. Anene has done what other councilors across the State cannot do.
“Instead of giving them money, she instead taught them how to fish and still empowered them with startups to set up their own business. This is the first in Ward I and I believe it is just a tip of the iceberg, other leaders should follow suit,” he said.
Hon. Gbose, a former Councilor in the last dispensation had this to say: “This is a very good initiative. The problem we are having in Nigeria today is people dependent on people. When you see people empowering people, making them self-reliant and independent, it goes a long way to propel the economy of the nation.”
The women leader for Ward I, Mrs. Biola Adejumoh was quite excited and pledged her support for a second term for the elegant stallion.
Mr. Omobolaji Adeshina, Chairman of the APC in Ward I showered praises on the Councilor whom he described as a blessing to the Ward.
“We are very happy the graduands are going home with the knowledge they have gathered and with the startups and knowledge, they can put food on their tables.
In all, the joy on the faces of the graduands spoke glowingly about the success of the project.