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When Lagos lawmaker doled out empowerment tools to artisans

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 at 1:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King Snr Reporter, Lagos

Despite not getting a third term ticket to return to the Lagos State House of Assembly, member representing Apapa Constituency 1, Mufutau Egberongbe, still believes that nothing stops a politician from empowering the people.

Egberongbe was elected in 2007 to represent the people of Apapa Constituency. He was  re-elected in 2011. But in 2015, the people of the area chose to elect a new candidate to represent them.

In his two terms as the representative of the area, the lawmaker tried to raise many issues concerning his area, especially those that have to do with relocation of tank farms from the area and the incessant traffic gridlock usually caused by petrol tanker and truck drivers in the area.

After losing the third term ticket, many thought that would be the end of Egberongbe’s relationship with the people but on Friday, April 10, he assembled the association of artisans in Apapa and gave out empowerment tools to them to assist them in daily activities.

Speaking on why he decided to empower the artisans, he said “it is a form of canvass for my party, the All Progressives Congress.” Being a day to the governorship and House of Assembly election, the lawmaker stated that the gesture was to garner more votes for his party.

“The gubernatorial election is just few hours away and I believe this will go a long way in getting more supports for my party. Actually, this is not the first time I’m reaching out to them in my empowerment programme but this is the first time I will be reaching out to them alone as tradesmen and artisans. So that is majorly what informed this event,” he said.

When asked to explain why the programme was holding on the eve of election, he stated that it had been shifted on two occasions, adding that “this happened because there were lots of activities on itinerary of our party. And as a party man, I have to be part of those activities and that is why I have to choose a day like this,” Egberongbe said.

Items given out by the lawmaker to the artisans include sewing machines, hair dryers, car wash pressure machine, vulcanizing machine, and mechanical tools boxes.

Speaking at the event, a former Commissioner for Home Affairs in the state, Babatunde Balogun, commended Egberongbe for the gesture, saying such gesture couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Egberongbe has been a very loyal member of our party and he has been representing us well in the Assembly. Though, he tried to go back for another term but he didn’t get the ticket and that didn’t frustrate him out of the party, nor did it stopp him from doing what he has always been doing.

“I am very happy to be here today to witness this empowerment programme. I only pray and hope that the beneficiaries of the gesture will pay back by making judicious uses of these items,” Balogun said.

Speaking on behalf of all the beneficiaries, Chairman, Association of Vulcanisers in Apapa, Musbau Oladele, said: “I want to congratulate our able lawmaker for all he has been able to achieve in the last seven and half years that he has spent in the House. He has represented us very well and he has always been empowering us with equipment such as the ones we are getting today.

“I’m praying on behalf of other beneficiaries and associations that God will take him to a greater height even though he is not returning to the Assembly. We are very happy and we will make good use of everything we have received here today,” Oladele added.