Makinde’s Wife Urges Philanthropists To Help Oyo Residents At Grassroots
The wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Tamunominini Makinde, has appealed to well-meaning individuals to support the state government in improving the livelihood of the people at the grassroots.
She decried the level of poverty in the land, stressing that empowering the people, no matter how little, would go a long way in helping them through the austere times they face.
The governor’s wife believes it will be out of place for people to rely totally on the government for their welfare and to provide succour to the downtrodden.
“I appeal to philanthropists to help our people at the grassroots,” Mrs Makinde said at an event on Thursday in Ibadan. “There is so much poverty in the land and people can be empowered with even as little as N2,000.
“Some women just need N1,500 to start a business. Some women are suffering because they lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or because of the loss of the breadwinner in their families. The government cannot do it alone. So, I beg philanthropists to help those at the grassroots in their own little way.”
She made the remarks at the grand finale of a weeklong empowerment programme during which many items such as sewing machines, grinding machines, and hair dryers among others, were distributed to hundreds of beneficiaries across the state.
The first lady urged the beneficiaries not to sell their empowerment tools, but to use them to generate income to feed themselves and their families.
For those who lack the skills to wield the tools, she advised them to let them out rather than settling for the option of selling them.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in Oyo, Bayo Lawal, in his remark, urged the beneficiaries to effectively utilise the items got.