Immediate past deputy whip of the House of Representatives, Pally Iriase has hailed the President, Muhammadu Buhari for making human empowerment and social intervention which had hitherto not been a policy of government, a part of governance in Nigeria. Iriase also thanked the president for introducing dynamism into what the Social Investment Programme, SIP, is all about. Speaking at Otuo, near Afuze, in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State at the kick-off of skills acquisition training programme for no fewer than 300 women and youths in the constituency, Iriase posited that Buhari’s Social Investment Programme and his administration’s investment in human capital development have brought governance closer to the people.
In his words, “my thanks are fully to the federal government for making human empowerment, social intervention a part of governance in Nigeria until the Buhari government came on board. As it is usual for some of us who love to be responsible representatives, we try to dovetail our constituency outreach to the key policies of the federal government. It is my own little way to ensure that my constituency intervention funds were channeled appropriately to bequeath skills that will empower members of my constituency. I must commend the Federal Government for being determined to make life meaningful for the citizenry”.
According to Iriase, “what is happeningtoday is the realization of my dream to have our people trained in skills thatwill make them self-sufficient, that will help them become entrepreneurs, andalleviate poverty from Owan Federal Constituency that I represented untilrecently. You will recall that the 2019 budget did not start early and it isonly recently that releases came trickling-in in respect of projects andprogrammes that were contained in the 2019 budget. It is those projects that Ifacilitated that gave rise to what is happening today”.
Speaking further, he said “this training,I am told, is in three parts; it is expected to equip the participants andempower them as well. There is no way the government alone can provide theneeded jobs for all the citizenry. With this programme, the participants areexpected to start a more independent life with the little starter-pack thatwill be provided by the government at the end of the training”. The formerlawmaker particularly lauded the training on silviculture and agricultural jobcreation, which he said, apart from creating wealth through agriculture, wouldalso promote environmental-friendly agricultural practices.
The Duke of Otuo, Segun Ojeabu, commended the government and Iraise for facilitating the programme. Represented by one of his palace chiefs, Olorunda Ojeabu, the duke said that the training would enable the participants depend on nobody but themselves for survival. “They will not only contribute to their self-development but the society at large,” he said. The consultant of the training programme, Isaiah Timothy, said it was meant to direct, guide and encourage the participants.