I’ve spent N2bn on constituency projects — Osun lawmaker

Lawmaker representing Osun Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Olubiyi Fadeyi, on Tuesday, disclosed that he has spent a total sum of N2 billion on intervention funds, empowerment programmes, and commissioning of various projects for the betterment of people in his constituency.

The lawmaker who dropped the hint at an empowerment programme in Osogbo where he listed his achievements in the last 180 days in office, pledged to do his best in improving his people’s economic status and at the same time make them self-reliant in their different areas of specialisations.

Senator Fadeyi while unveiling the construction of a road in Ikirun, the installation of street lighting system in major communities across the senatorial district, hinted further that, he donated vehicles to the party leadership in each of the 10 local government areas in the Senatorial District.

“In all, we focus on infrastructure that’s why we can say that we are able to commission a road today in five months and our pledge is to do about 3.5 kilometres in two to three years and 7.5 kilometre rural roads,” he stressed.

He stressed, “This is an empowerment program and it is funded by our development partners. We cannot do it all. We can only try our best. Wherever I made a mistake, please call my attention to it. I have started some mini-projects since I was elected in February.

“Today, I’m giving the party a bus each for our local government which will be of benefit to the leaders and excos of our party. Also, our senatorial leader will collect a bus.

“What Osogbo town wanted is a Federal university and I have tabled it at the National Assembly. The bill has already gone through the first reading and I am very sure it will pass the second reading very soon.

“Also, I asked for assistance for Ifon and Ilobu communities due to their loss during the recent communal clash and our Minister, Beta Edu would soon bring relief materials to the communities.

“I am giving out N50 million to over 3,000 people to assist them in their businesses. I have provided five transformers to Osogbo, Olorunda, Odo-Otin and Ila Local Governments. I can promise that I will do more next year.

“The road we are commissioning today costs N80 million naira. In Ikirun, we constructed road and gave them solar light. We are going to start Ajagunla race from next year from Ila to Oke Ila and that would be for our youths.”

Speaking at the event, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke charged beneficiaries of the initiatives to make good use of whatever they are given.

He said, “If it is cash, they should invest the money, if it is tools they collect, they should use them for the right purpose. They must not sell them. If they make good use of these tools, we will be able to eliminate poverty in our state.”

Represented by his deputy, Kola Adewusi, the governor further remarked, “You can see how joyful the people are because of this empowerment programme. I want to congratulate Senator Fadeyi. He should keep it up because there is no other way you can keep your electoral promises than, through this kind of initiative.

“While the state government is playing its own role, our senators are contributing their own quota and House of Representative members are also expected to organise empowerment initiatives. Before long, dividend of democracy will reach every part of the state.”

He further advised beneficiaries to use money and tools given to them to improve their economic fortune saying, more of such empowerment initiatives should be expected from political officeholders and the government.

Adewusi charged the beneficiaries to use the opportunity to raise their social status and make a decent living.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Hon. Sunday Bisi described PDP administration in the state as second to none.

He commended the efforts of all political office holders under the platform of the party for their humanitarian rendering services and charged them to sustain the tempo.

The party Chairman who affirmed that, the party would never let people of the state down in any way, commended the efforts of the lawmaker in ensuring that, people of his constituent are well put into consideration in his schemes of programmes.

Hon. Bisi who warned against politics of bitterness, segregation, nepotism and other forms of retrogressive attitudes that could draw back the party’s progress, charged members of the public to disregard a cross-section of party members trying to put the name of the party into the mud.

(Tribune)

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