It was joy galore as a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Gboluga Ikengboju, Okitipupa / Irele Federal Constituency, gave out grant to 400 local people to start their businesses.
Ilutitun Town Hall, Okitipupa Local Government Area venue of the event, was a beehive of activities, as people danced to various music, gave thanks to God for the new life they were to begin and for ongoing community development projects that were improving their standard of living.
The 400 beneficiaries received between N50, 000. 00 and N450, 000. 00, depending on the business to be engaged in.
200 women had earlier received grant of N100, 000. 00 each to start their businesses.
Hon Ikengboju, explained that the empowerment was part of his 2020 project under the supervision of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
The lawmaker also shed more light on the beneficiary selection process, as he told the ecstatic crowd that beneficiaries were selected randomly across Ikaleland.
Furthermore, he said he opted for cash empowerment after due consultation with his constituents, adding that he was sure the funds would enable them start the businesses according to their dictates and such would impact positively on them as individuals and the community at large.
He implored them to use the resources judiciously for the purpose it was meant for, assuring them that apart from the ongoing ones, other physical projects would soon be executed.
One of the beneficiaries from Irele LGA, Mr Adewole Olapade, expressed delight at what he described as an, “outstanding and impactful project.”
He got N450,000 and joyfully said it would help him begin a profitable business.
Another beneficiary from Ilutitun, Mr. Balogun Olakunle, who got N400,000, said that there couldn’t have been a better way to alleviate people’s suffering at the grassroots than such empowerment programme. Ikengboju had earlier upgraded ilutitun Comprehensive Health Centre, to boost primary healthcare in the community