No fewer than 11 men and women have been empowered on vocational training at the maiden Saheed Akinade-Fijabi Foundation Entrepreneurship Scheme at the Leville Hotel, Ibadan.
Adeoliseh gathered that the former lawmaker, representing Ibadan North West-South West Federal constituency distributed empowerment packages valued at over millions of naira to the beneficiaries of the programme.
According to him, over 100 applied for the empowerment but saying after weeks of careful scrutiny of all the proposals by his team of professional independent judges, they painstakingly came up with 23 applicants.
The initiator said the selection processes followed due procedures, diligence and laid down rules as the best 11 were picked for training in different skills and empowered.
They were empowered in tailoring, farming, ice cream making, shoe making among others. The recipients got money, materials and equipment needed in their line of business.
The former Chairman, House Committee on Telecommunication said the initiative bore out of his desire to give back to the people in his own little way.
“We started the process last year and it’s independent of me. I’m not party to how the recipients were picked. They are been given a token today has capital to start up their business.
“We started everything on my last birthday where over 100 people applied but the judges picked the best 11 which we are given token to go and start up with their businesses.
“Some are into poultry, tailoring, ice cream making, shoe making, bead making to mention a few of what they are venturing into.
“We made sure the beneficiaries came from across the states, there are people from Lagos, Ogun and the likes. We made it beyond the federal constituency and party level.
“The foundation is in my name but actually is not been ran by me, is independent of me, we have the management who are running it, their outreach is beyond Oyo State,” he said.
The honorable added that his expectations from the recipients are to multiple what has been given to them has startup.
“It can look like a token but great entrepreneurs businessmen and women started with a token and with diligence and hard work it multiplied.
“I will also want them to key into giving back to people, they can also train people by impacting knowledge and show them way in their line of business.
Honourable Fijabi, however, urged politicians not to play politics with Nigerians life saying
“Let’s love ourselves, let’s look beyond politics or party. Let’s live as one, so we can collectively enjoy the dividends of democracy,” he said.
Some of the recipients in separate interviews told NAN that the initiative was a good one and thanked Honourable Fijabi for the good gesture.
Dorcas Makinde, who will be making ready to wear Aso-Oke for brides thanked Fijabi for bringing her dream to fulfillment.
Makinde said that the platform has empowered her to be a business owner adding that “The foundation has helped me to bring to realisation ideas I have been nurturing for a while. I will make sure that I maximize the opportunity to full use and achieve greatness with it,” she said.
Waheed Rildwan who will be opening a Gas Outlet said he had the idea for about four years.