Beneficiaries of the Mega Empowerment instituted by Olukismet Humanitarian Foundation were full of joy and gratitude to God as the organisers handed over brand new motorcycles to them ..
At the big event held in Ikere ,the headquarters of Ikere Local Government on Saturday, 41 lucky winners, including farmers and artisans went home with the gifts.
The Founder, Olukismet Foundation, Mr Olumide Adegboye explained that the programme was an honest intervention by him,with the support of his friends and associates,to cushion the effect of the current economic hardship and make life more abundant to the people.
According to him,the intervention has been consistent in the last few years in its quest to better the lives of the people especially the less privileged, said the latest gesture was aimed at ensuring easy movement of farmers from the farm and empowerment for the youths who are artisans.
Represented by the group’s Strategies Coordinator, Haruna Moses explained that the donation of motorcycles is geared towards discouraging crime and criminality in the society .
He added that the beneficiaries were selected through a raffle draw from the pool of over a thousand applicants,calling on the lucky ones to deploy the motorcycles for productive means that would enhance their farming business and guarantee socio-economic development.
Adegboye maintained that small scale business owners would no longer spend money on transportation within the community, saying that the motorcycles would add more value to their businesses and livelihood.
He said that the organisation has put in place necessary measures that would forestall the beneficiaries from using the motorcycles for criminal activities within and outside the state other than the purpose it was meant for.
“You know this is the beginning of the year and we want to reach out to families especially bread winners who will work with the motorcycles to feed their family members. And of course, for agricultural purposes, we have farmers who have their farm lands far away from their residential area; just to aid transportation from home and farms.
” All of these empowerment are for artisans doing menial jobs, it will help them in moving around to better their businesses. When you have a means of transportation especially in this area, you have solved more than half of your challenges as a small business owners.
” We are giving back to the people so as for them to help their family ones and tackle poverty in the society. “
He solicited the use of technology by government in addressing the security challenges confronting the country, noting that technology has become the most potent way of combating it across the world and that Nigeria must not be left out.
” We can track the motorcycles and you can’t use it for criminalities because we have all necessary information of each beneficiaries, so they can be easily located.”
” The world has gone the way of technology and I expect that government and security agencies should embrace technology in tackling challenges we are facing as a nation especially security problems.
” We all agree now that most heinous crimes committed by gunmen and bandits are done with motorcycles and I know with the use of technology, we will be more effective in combating these people.
” I believe there is nothing stopping us a nation from having details of every vehicles, motorcycles and even ship in the country. If we are able to monitor these things, we will know how to address crimes being committed with these transportation means, ” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Tope Adeoye commended the foundation for the gesture, adding that he would deploy the motorcycle to boost his productivity for economic prosperity as an artisan.
On his part, Igbekele Omotoso described the intervention of the foundation as timely and appropriate to his farming business, saying, ” I will use the motorcycle to my farm and as well move produce to the market to sell.”
The philanthropist hinted that the foundation had made a number of interventions to the internally displaced persons’ camps in some parts of the country.
Efforts according to him,are underway to reach out to inmates at the nation’s Correctional Centres .
Recall that the foundation has supported some less priviledged and people with Disabilities in the State when it floated a Medical outreach for the physically challenged and empowerment programme for the aged.’
He said, “The physically-challenged people have been largely marginalised. There is a large percentage of such marginalisation in Nigeria. Our idea as a non-governmental organisation is to bring out these categories of people, give them support and help them to be able to move around so that they can pursue one economic activity or the other.
“In addition, we are educating them on how to make a livelihood, how to earn a living without dependence on others and we are empowering them. This is drawn out of love for humanity,” he said.