- Beneficiaries Laud Senator’s Initiative
By John Oghojafor
The heavy downpour on Saturday (21/07/2017) afternoon notwithstanding, Sapele women/petty traders turned out in their numbers to pick up their envelopes containing N20,000 (Twenty thousand naira) each as a token of appreciation from Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the distinguished Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, Abuja.
It would be recalled that the distinguished Senator has embarked on the ‘Thank You’ visit to all the eight Local Government Areas of Delta Central a few months ago to express appreciation to the people for voting and supporting him as a National Assembly candidate during the 2015 election.
So far, the ‘Thank You’ tour has visited Ughelli North, Uvwie, Udu Local Government Areas where over N24 million has been disbursed to women, petty traders and Okada riders as a token of appreciation from Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
It was Sapele Local Government’s turn on Saturday and no less than 300 women and 100 Okada riders benefitted from the gesture. At the Sapele main market where the Senator’s team landed, the heavy rain did not deter over 200 women from receiving their individual packages of N20,000 each as they jubilate, praised and thanked God for the Senator’s novel gesture.
Addressing the women at the Sapele main market, Senator Omo-Agege disclosed that although he was yet to complete two years at the Senate, he thought it wise to go round to say ‘thank you’ to the people who made it possible for him to be at the National Assembly.
He disclosed to the women that after completing the tour of the eight Local Government Areas, he would invite all Urhobo people to UPU headquarters in Uvwiamuge where he would give his stewardship account for the one and half years he has spent at the National Assembly.
Beneficiaries of the largesse in Sapele main market sang praises of the Senator as they danced under the heavy rainfall which they said was a rain of blessing for them.
“It is a rain of blessing, my brother. We have not seen this type before. We have had politicians in Sapele and other parts of Urhobo land but this is the first time a politician would come down even under this heavy rain to meet us and give us money to boost our market”, Mrs. Margaret Oniovosa who sells vegetable in the market told The New Diplomat.
The ‘Thank You’ team proceeded to Amukpe market/town hall where a 100 women and a 100 Okada riders benefitted from the Senator Ovie-Omo-Agege token of appreciation.
Ojevweje Michael, an Okada rider who was one of the beneficiaries, told The New Diplomat that “I’ve been given a quit notice by my landlord for a rent of N15,000 which I could not pay because my okada is spoilt. Now, I can pay my rent and also repair my okada on Monday. I thank God for the Senator.”
The New Diplomat gathered that the ‘Thank You’ tour will continue next week to other Local Government Areas of Delta Central.