Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, in Asaba, the state capital, flagged off the distribution and presentation of empowerment items provided by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu.
A total of 456 constituents drawn from various wards across the four local government areas in Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency benefited from the package.
The beneficiary local government areas are Aniocha north, Aniocha south, Oshimili north and Oshimili south.
The empowerment items are 111 electricity generating sets, 90 deep freezers, 148 motorcycles and 107 tricycles, popularly called ‘Keke NAPEP’.
Governor Okowa lauded Elumelu for the gesture, saying that it would help alleviate poverty.
He charged other political representatives to emulate Elumelu’s gesture.
“I urge the beneficiaries to be passionate in putting these items into proper use and to see this as an opportunity to climb to an enviable level of prosperity,” the governor said.
Elumelu seized the opportunity to reel out his achievements in the last two years of his representation in the House of Representatives, promising to do more for his people.
The lawmaker explained that the whole idea was to make the beneficiaries Small Medium Enterprise (SME) business owners who would in turn help in creating jobs and alleviating poverty in their rural communities.
Elumelu said: “I urge the beneficiaries to be passionate in putting these items into proper use and to see this as an opportunity to climb to an enviable level of prosperity which is before you today.
“Though it appears insignificant, it is my expectation that from this small beginning, with determination, focus and fear of God, you will be able to record amazing testimonies, not only as employers of labour in our communities but also providers of essential social services to meet some of the essential needs of our people”.