The member representing Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives Hon Douye Diri has presented forty motorcycles and forty sewing machines to youths and women of the constituency as part of his empowerment programmes.
Presenting the items on Monday in Yenagoa, Hon Douye Diri, who was represented by the member of the State House of Assembly representing Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency 1 and Chief Whip, Hon Tonye Isenah, described the gesture as a way of giving back to the people in the grassroots for their support during the elections.
Hon. Diri said though the beneficiaries were drawn from the twenty-six Wards that make up the Federal Constituency, the donation is to give back to the Constituents during this time of recession.
Diri said: “This donation is to give back to the Constituents. In this period of recession, we do not want to give the people fish but to teach them how to fish, therefore, these items will help the people to fend and sustain their families. The procedure for selecting the beneficiaries was liberal, in that, stakeholders were mandated to bring those who worked for the party. This is the first phase and more people will benefit in the next phase.
“Though the work of the legislators is to make laws, however, it is the feedback to the society that counts and not the motions and we want to touch the lives of our people through this empowerment programme.”
The federal lawmaker also admonished the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by making good use of the items to earn a living and urged them to continue to support and mobilize more support for the People Democratic Party (PDP) in their domains.
In their separate remarks, Hon Gentle Emelah and Dr Macmanuel Parkinson, lawmakers representing Yenagoa Constituency Three and One respectively in the State Assembly, commended the federal lawmaker for touching the lives of the people through his empowerment scheme and urged the people to reciprocate the gesture by supporting him to do more.