Senator Utazi distributes over 600 empowerment items to constituents

By AdvocateNews on 22/08/2019

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Some of the items distributed
Some of the items distributed

Senator Chuka Utazi representing Enugu North Senatorial district at the National Assembly has distributed materials worth millions of naira to his constituents in line with his commitment towards alleviating poverty among his people.

He lamented the high level of poverty among his people calling for more government intervention and empowerment to make life better for them.

The senator who concluded a week-long distribution of empowerment materials to indigent constituents selected from the six local government areas that make up the senatorial zone, lamented that what has been done is like a drop in the ocean considering the number of people that are in dire need of such assistance.

Items distributed distributed to the jubilant constituents  included 51 tricycles, 212 grinding machines, 5 electricity transformers and 238 motorcycles.

The distribution which held at the Senator’s country home in Nkpologu started with Udenu and Igboeze South Local Government Areas on the first day.

It continued with Igboeze North, Nsukka, Igbo Etiti and finally it was concluded with Uzo-Uwani Local GovernmentArea.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the exercise, Senator Utazi said the empowerment is part of his zonal intervention geared towards poverty alleviation of his constituency.

“So we are sharing motorcycles, tricycles, grinding machines and transformers so that the recipients would go home and remain meaningful citizens of Nigeria and know that the government of Nigeria remembers them and that on the yearly budget we have something for them.

“This is just a segment of what we are doing in the zone; beyond this, the road you passed through we are doing the maintenance on that road because kidnappers have taken over the road, many people no longer go to Adani to get foodstuff or Adarice so I decided to get the federal government to do road maintenance.

“If you take the road down to camp, Nkpologu, we are also doing a police station there because kidnappers have used that place as their cell. So we are building a police station and quarters for police that will be there; it’s an ongoing project, we are continuing. We have done two, we are going to do two more.

“We are doing schools, we are doing boreholes, for our people. We are bringing books and giving to secondary schools around all these we are doing as representatives of the people to ensure that they feel the impact of the government.

“But we also need to empower the people so that they can earn income, generate revenue and help themselves, that’s why we are doing this."


Asked how far the materials would go in tackling poverty in his area, Utazi said, “It is a drop in the ocean considering that Enugu North Senatorial district is the biggest in the state with over 51% population of Enugu state.

"It’s very challenging for me as an individual. But we feel that since we have started this exercise, in my four years in the National Assembly this is the third empowerment I am doing.

“The people who got the first one in 2016 are not the same people who are here , they were not the same in April and they will not be there in the next round of empowerment.

“So what we are doing is a carry over of the 2015 to 2019 budget. I have assured them that beyond doing boreholes and roads they need to have something for themselves.”

Some of the beneficiaries interviewed showered praises on the senator who they described as kind-hearted and always committed to the wellbeing of indigent people. 

They pledged their unalloyed support for the senator just as they prayed God to reward him for the good gesture.

Posted 22/08/2019 09:25:38 AM

 

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