Rotimi Agunsoye, lawmaker representing Kosofe Federal constituency in the House of Representatives has donated various materials and equipments to empower members of his constituency.
He made the donation at an empowerment event held on Wednesday 4th July, 2018 at the CMD event Centre, Centre, Ikosi area of Lagos state.
Items donated by Hon. Agunsoye included wheelbarrow, tricycles, Motorcycles, Gas cookers, Hair Dryer, Popcorn Machines, and Clippers.
Other items donated to members of the Kosofe constituency are Sewing Machines, Mechanic box, Grinding machine, cobbling machine and cobbler kits.
The event was attended by some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos state – State Chairman of APC, Chief Tunde Balogun, Lagos APC Deputy Publicity Secretary Mr. Abiodun Salami, APC LGA Chairmen oin Kosofe, party members, beneficiaries and Royal fathers in the Kosofe constituency.
Also in attendance were the two representatives of Kosofe constituencies at the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Bayo Osinowo and Hon. Tunde Braimoh.
Speaking at the ceremony, Agunsoye disclosed that he has empowered 200 youths in various skills acquisition and also empowered 200 graduates in February 2016 in different categories such as job placement, skill acquisition in among others.
“I want to announce to you that we have successfully trained an initial set of 200 youths participants, both male and female in various aspect of skill acquisition ranging from Hair Stylists, make-up Artists, Solar power technicians, cinematography’’, the first-time lawmaker told audience at the event.
According BudgetIT and Tracka, the total budget for constituency Projects nominated by Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye for 2017 is N95,083,357 and of that amount, the Federal Government has released 70% (N66,558,350 ) funds for the implementations of the projects.
BreezeReporters reliably gathered that some political groups in the Kosofe, including Young Alliance and Kosofe Active Network had been demanding from the lawmaker, the implementation of the empowerment program and other constituency projects
Speaking with BreezeReporters on the empowerment program, Comrade Waheed Odunuga, Coordinator of the Buhari Youth Organisation, Lagos state chapter commended members of the Young Alliance, Kosofe Active Network and BYO for their persistency in demanding accountability, saying their agitation ensured the conduct of the program by Hon. Agunsoye
Odunuga, who condemned some of the items donated by the lawmaker as not sustainable for the people, also described the empowerment program of the lawmaker as an ”afterthought”.
”It’s hight time our lawmakers moved away from donating items that are not sustainable for the people, Odunuga said.
He said, ”The lawmakers is buying Okada (motorcycle), we should ask ourselves how many of the lawmaker’s children are riding motorcycle or tricycle?
According to the activist, some of the beneficiaries of the empowerment do not specialize in the empowerment materials they are getting, hence they sell it off as it is of no value to them.
‘’We noticed some people who are getting hairdressing machine are not hair specialists, so they sell the machine at cheaper price.
‘’I’m also surprised to see wheelbarrow, cobbler kits, who are they for?, Odunuga wondered.
Odunuga said lawmakers need to start thinking ahead on sustainable empowerment initiative they can do for members of their constituencies.