6th July, 2012
By Jamiu Yisa
A National Assembly member, Oluwatoyin Isiaka Suarau, has implored the people of his constituency to be patient and remain steadfast as they will enjoy more dividends of democracy from him.
Suarau, who represents Ojo Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, made the appeal during an empowerment programme he organised in Ojo, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, last weekend.
Making a self assessment at the occasion, the lawmaker noted that within one year at the National Assemby, he had met his constituents’ expectations through execution of significant programmes.
During the period, according to him, he had given out 150 GCE forms to deserving students, supported 400 people with monthly stipends, assisted the youths with employment opportunities in various Federal Government agencies and given scholarship award to a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), among other things.
“I promised to initiate programmes to alleviate poverty through youths empowerment, job opportunities for women and graduates and acquisition of fishing nets for fishermen, among other things. My motive for these is because of the economic situation in the country, where an average man cannot afford the normal three square meals,” the lawmaker said, noting that the best way to move the society forward is by teaching the people how to fish instead of giving them fish.
Items given to residents at the ceremony graced by traditional rulers, chiefs, Lagos Commissioner for Rural Development, past and present local government chairmen, party chiefs and members, included recharge card printing machines, sewing machines, deep freezers, grinding machines, hair driers, motorcycles, furniture tools and crates of soft drink.
Others were ankara fabrics, bags of rice, bags of beans, fishing nets, Indomie Noodles customised kiosks and medicated glasses tagged Jigi Suarau, among others.