No fewer than 50 youths from Oyo State have benefited from Governor Seyi Makinde’s efforts at fighting poverty, as each got a tricycle as a means of economic empowerment.
The tricycles were distributed to beneficiaries who were said to be the first batch of recipients.
The presentation of the tricycles which held at the premises of the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ibadan, was well attended by members of the public.
Governor Seyi Makinde, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Service Matters, Mrs Adewole Eyitayo, said the gesturewas in fulfilment of his campaign promises during the build-up to the 2019 elections.
Makinde said the programme which was targeted at reducing poverty induced by youth unemployment, would cover a large number of beneficiaries across Oyo State.
He explained that, “As a new administration that came on board less than three months ago, we have looked into ways of ensuring that we fulfil our promises to our people, parts of which include agriculture, education, security and social investment.”
He said that the administration was committed to the development and empowerment of the youths and those that are yet to benefit from the scheme should expect more life-improving programmes from the government.
Makinde further admonished the youths to be law-abiding and support the government because that is the way through which the expected dividends of democracy could be delivered.
“To all the beneficiaries, make good use of this great opportunity, ensure that you are like the wise servants in the Bible who made good use of their talents by ensuring that the talents were increased before the Master came back,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Christiana Abioye, said the scheme was purely a Public Private Partnership, PPP arrangement and the State government only stands a as guarantor for the beneficiaries who have fulfilled all required obligations and would be paying back in instalments every week for the period of 56 weeks.
She further enjoined the beneficiaries to fulfil their part in time in order to claim ownership and not forfeit the opportunity.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Kayode Olaleye, who spoke on behalf of the other beneficiaries, thanked Governor Seyi Makinde for the empowerment programme and promised to judiciously use the tricycles, so as to pay back in due time.
Partnering with Rotary Club
In a separate development, the State government has shown its readiness to partner the Rotary Club International in the struggle to eliminate polio in the State.
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Lanre Abass, stated this while receiving 20,000 aprons specially designed for identification of State polio vaccinators, donated by the Rotary Club International, Ibadan.
Abass said the aprons would serve as a source of easy identification for the 2300 vaccinators in the State while on the field, thereby eliminating fear in the people.
“The aprons will serve as a source of easy identification for State Vaccinators while on the field, thereby eliminating the fear of the people on the genuineness of the individual vaccinators as the State had 2300 vaccinators across the State, a large reach which will help make the state Polio-free.”
The Vice-Chairman, Southwest Zone, Nigerian National Polio Plus Committee of the Rotary Club International, Abayomi Adewumi, said the donation was in line with the agenda of the Rotary Club International to eradicate polio globally.
Adewumi called on government at all levels and relevant stakeholders to step up the sensitisation of parents on the need to have their wards vaccinated in order to have a country that would be polio-free.