Saturday, November 21, will always be remembered by the Constituents of Ethiope Federal Constituency as their Representative at the House of Representatives, Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa, rolled out what many has described as the “Mother of All Empowerments”, while the Rep declares he is just getting started.
Through the newest collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment, Hon. Igbakpa has empowered 178 persons in a grandeur event held at the James Ibori Civic Centre, Oghara Town, Delta State through his #IREP. Before the handing of the empowerment packages to the beneficiaries, they were first trained on business management techniques and how to ensure profitability and sustainability of their businesses.
In the address to the people, Hon Igbakpa saluted the courage of the people of Ethiope to trust his vision at all cost. He believes that the grassroots played a significant role in his emergence as a Federal Lawmaker, therefore, committed to exercising every option that will alleviate their economic and political struggles.
He said: You stood by me, people at the grassroots. Each time I look back and think of all of you, I have no choice and don’t let anybody deceive you, I have no choice but to keep doing all the things that will make you smile. Because you stood by me even when many did not give us the chance and assumed that we were just wasting our time”.
“We have carefully selected many beneficiaries from Ethiope East and others from Ethiope West. We are going to ensure that we continue to deliver on our promise. I am doing this because of the love my people have and have continued to express for me. You fought for my course and many were punished for it”.
“This empowerment is not for everybody and we cannot empower everybody. But I will assure you that we will try to do better than what anyone has ever experience in Ethiope Federal Constituency. I have recognised a few especially for standing by me to actualise our collective dream for Ethiope Federal Constituency”
“I have started my empowerment programmes since 2019 and I will continue to do all that is required to change the face and economic outlook of Ethiope Federal Constituency. The betterment of Ethiope Federal Constituency is for all of us and my utmost desire is the experience widespread prosperity in this constituency. And my goal is to make sure that every household bears an item courtesy of my empowerment programme.
The empowerment and revitalisation of the people of Ethiope Federal Constituency have always been at the forefront of the agenda of Rep Ben Rollands Igbakpa. During his campaigns and the early days of his election to the National Assembly, he always identified capacity and confidence-building as an imperative for supporting the economic empowerment of his people, particularly the women and youths.
This latest show of interest in the economic and human capacity potential of the people of Ethiope Federal Constituency allows the constituents to initiate and contribute to macroeconomic viability and in line with the vision of Rep Igbakpa to actualise his cardinal objective of zero hunger in Ethiope Federal Constituency.
According to many of the beneficiaries, this signal of devoutness from Hon. Igbakpa encourages them to step out of their shadows and into their full potential. They believe that the vision of the Rep is the motivating factor that has greatly influenced the drive for skills acquisition amongst the youths and women.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke after receiving their packages expressed that they have never expected so much from Rep. Igbakpa and now that their expectations have been surpassed, they believe that it is up to them to explore and activate the innate capacity for the benefit of the general wellbeing of the Federal Constituency by leverage on the partnership with Rep Igbakpa for maximum impact in the lives of other Constituents.
Rep Igbakpa is also offering a grant of N50,000 to 5 persons selected per Ward, as beneficiaries under his i-Rep programme, in the 22 Wards of Ethiope Federal Constituency. This grant was also extended to another set of 68 persons as beneficiaries, drawn from other groups, which includes Non-Indigenes in Ethiope Federal constituency.
The chairman of Ethiope East Chapter of PDP, Hon. Felix Ejovwoke Erhimedafe, who was among those that presented the Empowerment items to the beneficiaries, poured an encomium of praises on Rep Ben Rollands Igbakpa for his continued and meaningful contributions towards the party faithful and the people of Ethiope in general. He enjoined the beneficiaries to make good use of this great opportunity of empowerment, for their growth and to the glory of God.
Comrade Rukky Samuel Imoniunu.
Special Assistant to the Member Representing Ethiope Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.