Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State, distributed empowerment materials worth N250 million to selected beneficiaries across the state.
A total of 80 tricycle machines, 1,777 grinding machines,664 sewing machines, among other items were distributed to the beneficiaries.
The empowerment scheme, according to the Senate president, was designed to alleviate poverty and equip the less privileged to be economically self-reliant .
Saraki was represented at the distribution of the items which took place at his Mandate Constituency Office by the state chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC),Alhaji Ishola Balogun- Fulani.
He said the gesture was in fulfilment of his electioneering campaign promise.
The Senate president advised the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously so that it can uplift them economically.
The director –general, Mandate Constituency office, Hon Abdulwahab Issa, said beneficiaries of the scheme were selected across the 16 local government areas of the state .
He listed the beneficiaries to include, women associations, taxi drivers association, Hausa groups, Igbo groups, Suru and Fulani groups.
Others, according to him, included members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT),Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nigeria Association of Local Government Employees (NULGE ), and Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU).