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AJIF Chairman, Hon Fatai Ayoola Empowers Residents of Ajegunle

Olaitan Nurudeen



AJIF Chairman, Hon Fatai Ayoola Empowers Residents of Ajegunle

– 30 beneficiaries carted home N100,000.00 each
– Baales, Executives and Legislators smiled home with 8 Sports Utility Vehicles {SUV}
– 300 women liberated with ‘market moni’
– 15 tricycles, 40 refrigerators, 15 motorbikes and other valuable business items shared among beneficiaries in Ajegunle
– As Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola surprised his CPS and Director of Sports with official car ahead 2020 busy calendar

– Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo reports

The administration of Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola on Wednesday empowered over 500 women and men at the 2019 annual empowerment program, inside Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Council Secretariat.

Delivering his keynote address at the occasion, council chairman, Hon. Ayoola said it was important his administration continues to empower the youths and liberate the women in the grassroots.

He said: “The unemployment rate which stood at 23.1 percent of the workforce in the third quarter of 2019 in Nigeria, according to Reuters, is quite alarming and should serve as a reference point for urgent consideration and strategic solutions, starting from the grassroots.

“Also, the literacy rate among women in Nigeria was reported at 49.68 percent in 2015, according to World Bank collection of development indicators.

“In view of the above indicators, we consider it expedient to curb this societal menace in the grassroots. Hence my administration’s plan in setting up of AJIF Small and Medium scale Enterprise and yearly empowerment programs for the people of Ajegunle.”

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On the aspect of entrepreneurs who benefitted from the N100,000. largesse, Hon. Ayoola said that his administration had provided platforms for beneficiaries to be trained and guided on how to invest the money recieved and make proper decisions.

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“In order to empower the youths and liberate our women in Ajegunle, my administration has provided various financial platforms that would train and educate entrepreneurs and women in general on financial literacy. This would also enable them to understand the various investment plans that are available to the level of their small and medium scale businesses they operate,” he read.

Making her remark, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation {WAPA} Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, advised those who benefitted from the annual empowerment to utilize what they got wisely.

“Those of you who benefitted from the N100,000. entrepreneurship grant must ensure to invest the money wisely in your business,” she added.

She also commended Hon. Ayoola for organizing an annual event of such caliber as she promised that her ministry in Alausa would work with the grassroots government in order to liberate more women and youths from business and financial obscurity.

All Progressive Congress party Chairman in Lagos State, Hon. Tunde Balogun praised the administration of Hon. Fatai Ayoola, for organizing event of such magnitude. He advised that the grassroots government must integrate their administrative duties in line with Lagos State government.

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He said: “Local governments must perform their statutory obligations of clearing the drain channels and providing road infrastructures for the people.”

The highlights of the event include presentation of N100, 000. cash gifts to 30 persons under the entrepreneurship grants.

Also, Baale of Aiyetoro, Baale of Araromi and Baale of Dankaka community, including some members of Executives and Legislators went home with Sports Utility Vehicles {SUV}.

Other items distributed includes 15 tricycles, 40 refrigerators, 20 deep freezers, 15 hair dryers, 15 motor bikes, 50 sewing machines, 15 vulcanizing machines, and 15 grinding machines.

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Also, Mac Anthony Anaelechukwu, Director of Sports in AJIF LGA and Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo who is the Chief Press Secretary {CPS} to Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola, were presented with a car each.

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The event which was attended by top government personnel from Lagos State was led by Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation {WAPA}, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada and Lagos State All Progressive Congress {All Progressive Congress} party chairman, Hon. Tunde Balogun.

Also in attendance were His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul-Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka, the Ojora of Ijora and Iganmu Kingdom. Apex leader, Lagos-West Senatorial District, Prince Rabiu Adio Oluwa, Hon. Kalejaiye Adeboye Paul, former Special Adviser on rural development to Governor Raji Fashola {SAN}, former Governor of Lagos State, Hon. Kamal Ayinde Bayewu, former Executive Chairman, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, Chief Sam Adeyemi, Chairman, APC AJIF local government area, party leaders in Ajegunle and so many other invited guests.

Hon.Musiliu Obanikoro, who is a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was also in attendance. His cameo appearance stole the show towards the end of the event. As he was made to present a refrigerator to one of the beneficiaries.

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Nurudeen Olaitan is a Linguist, Teacher, and Adventurer. He is Passionate about Sport, Travelling, Writing, & Politics. He puts Humanity above anyone or anything & hold Honesty and Integrity in high esteem.Reach him via or @nurdeanO on Twitter


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