The senator Representing Plateau Central of Plateau State, Senator Diket Plang, has empowered 4,500 constituent members to cushion hardships caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.
The senator, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, told newsmen during the flag-off of the program in Mangu local government area of the state that the exercise, which involved the disbursement of funds and trainings, was meant to cover the five local governments within the senatorial zone.
He said the program was to complement the efforts of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to alleviate the suffering of the people, especially victims of the recent crisis in his constituency.
“President Tinubu means well for the country; what we are passing through in the country is part of the efforts of his administration to rejig the economy and reposition it. Without removing the subsidy, the economy might further nosedive to an abysmal level.
“So this empowerment program is specifically designed to support the vulnerable women, youths and elderly in this difficult time,” he said.
He advised the elderly to continue to pray for the country, especially those in leadership positions, adding that Nigeria needs their prayers to overcome the challenges confronting the nation.
Earlier, the senator while in Kanam local government area of the state, paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kanam, Alhaji Muhammadu Mu’azu Muhammadu lll.
He urged people of his constituency to always cooperate with security agencies and report any threat to peace to the appropriate authorities.
The emir while responding appreciated the senator for his prompt intervention in coming up with an empowerment programme.
He said it would go a long way in cushioning the pains of the targeted beneficiaries and enjoined the senator to target massive youth empowerment in the area.