Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe has announced plans to organize a mega empowerment programme for constituents in the Kwara Central Senatorial District, The Ravens has gathered.
The plan was announced by the Senator’s ally and House of Representatives aspirant, Mr Zakari Funsho Yusuf.
Zakari, who is aspiring to represent Ilorin West and Asa constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, disclosed this in Afon, the headquarters of Asa Local Government Area, over the weekend.
People say the sudden announcement of the empowerment programme may not be unconnected to the record shattering SME and grassroots empowerment programme organised on Saturday by the Saliu Mustapha Foundation in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
Founder of Saliu Mustapha Foundation and Turaki of Ilorin, Mallam Saliu Mustapha had declared his interest to contest for the Kwara Central senatorial seat which Oloriegbe currently occupies last weekend.
According to Zakari, the Oloriegbe’s empowerment programme would be the ‘mother of all empowerments’ ever done in the history of the Ilorin Emirate.
“He (Yahaya Oloriegbe) said I should tell you that by God’s grace, after the Ramadan fasting period, he would roll out an epic empowerment scheme for people in Kwara Central.”
Oloriegbe had come under heavy criticism when in 2020 he empowered some selected members of his constituency with cassava tubers, frying pans, and local sieve.
Commenting on Zakari’s announcement, a youth leader in Ilorin West, Abdullahi Babatunde, slammed the Senator for playing to the gallery with the intended empowerment scheme.
“The Senator, after two years, is bringing another empowerment scheme. We just hope it is not yam tubers this time around.”
Babatunde, who said the lawmaker is currently outside the country on pilgrimage, stated that the initiative was probably conceived after the Saliu Mustapha Foundation doled out over 200 million naira as part of its annual empowerment programme over the weekend.
The non-profit organisation, owned by the Turaki of Ilorin, Saliu Mustapha, had earlier announced plans to empower hundreds of Kwaran citizens.