Niger Lawmaker Debunks Receiving N100 Million Constituency Fund

Constituency FundThe Federal House of Representatives member representing Kontagora, Mariga, Mashegu and Wushishsi federal constituency of Niger State, Abdullahi Garba, has debunked the allegation that the sum of 100 million Naira was given to House members as constituency fund.

He explained that no House member was given the said 100 million Naira in cash at once but what was being given to them was an intervention fund ranging from 40 million to 100 million Naira paid in installments after they had submitted works to be carried out in their constituencies.

He made the declaration at Kontagora during the handing over of brand new buses, tricycles, motorcycles, pumping machines, grinding machines worth 450 million Naira as his means of empowerment to his people.

He pointed out that the empowerment was his way of giving back to the people who elected him, for them to feel the dividends of democracy and have a sense of belonging.

While promising to do more in the coming years, he called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items by also employing and empowering other people so that poverty can be eradicated in the constituency.

In view of this, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has applauded its elected officers in the state for giving people oriented dividends of democracy in the last one year.

The State Chairman of APC, Mamud Imam, applauded the House of Reps member for the kind gesture to his people.

The party chairman asserted that as promised during the campaigns, all elected officers from state to federal level remained on course and have continued to remain resolute in fulfilling the pledges to the people and have continued to be committed to the manifesto of the party.

Anambra State First Lady Empowers 200 Physically Challenged

wife of the Anambra state governor, ebele obianoThe wife of the Anambra State Governor, Mrs Ebele Obiano, has distributed prosthetic limbs and empowering items to 200 physically challenged persons in the state.

During the fitting of the limbs at the Women Development Center, Awka, Anambra State capital, Mrs Obiano said the gesture was to enable them earn a better living.

The Governor’s wife sponsored the programme through her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ).

The first phase of the programme was held in December last year, with 300 physically challenged persons benefiting.

The women in the state appreciated the effort of Mrs Obiano, which they said uplifted the living condition of the physically challenged in the state.

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, in his remark, commended the state governor for efforts in reviving the hope of the down trodden in the state.

In addition to the artificial limbs, the beneficiaries were also given computers, laptops, and grinding machines among other empowerment items.

Mrs Obiano also asked graduates with disabilities, who finished in the last six years, to submit their personal details to her office through their respective local government chairmen for employment.

According to her, the state government is set to give jobs to 1,000 physically challenged persons.

Obi Donates Materials Worth N10 Million To Disabled Persons

The Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has distributed empowerment materials valued at about N10 million to over 500 physically challenged persons at a ceremony marking the 2013 International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Women Development Center in Awka.

At the event with the theme, “Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors to Realise an Inclusive Society for All,” items donated to the individuals included wheel chairs, grinding machines, hair dryers, sewing machines, braille machines and papers, hair clippers and others.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, led by Henrietta Agbata, thanked the governor and noted that his administration had shown commitment to the cause of persons with disabilities and had empowered them several times.

However, the Chairman of the Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Lawrence Nwanolue, faulted the ministry for not carrying them along in policies, decisions and activities involving them. He however thanked the governor for the donation.

Governor Obi, who noted the complaints, promised to make up for lapses by the ministry in ensuring their welfare and happiness.

He also assured the people that he would ensure the availability of a micro credit scheme as well as the provision of a bus to the disabled before the end of November.

He added that their welfare would remain a top priority of his administration.