Director, centre for Entrepreneurship Studies, Kwara State University, Malete, Dr. Hakeem Ajonbadi, has challenged political office holders in Nigeria to channel resources being expended on extravagant life style to empowering the less privileged, especially youths and aged women, in the society.
The varsity don, who spoke with journalists yesterday during an empowerment program organised by the Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association, IEYDU,‎ said the huge resources being committed to capital- flight when invested into the economy would create more jobs for the timing unemployed youths.
He also observed that many Nigerians do not require huge amount of money to start off business, stressing that, “ten to twenty thousand naira can make a lot of difference in some peoples’ lives.”
Ajonbadi however, expressed concern that some elected political office holders, especially at the grass root, have distanced themselves from their people which, according to him, was necessary for them to feel their pulse.
In his address, the President of the Association, Mallam Abdulrahaman Salawu, said the objectives of the association was to ensure that each of the beneficiaries and their dependants have a stable source of income that would enable them afford at least three square meals daily and sustain their family upkeep.
Salawu said the beneficiaries of the program, which according to him will be an annual event, were selected from the five local governments that comprise Ilorin Emirate, based on the needs of their vocations and trade.
He said, “38 people, including the aged and widows were given empowerment materials while 15 indigents and students benefited from different forms of economic empowerment programs.
“The scheme would be a continuous exercise to further compliment government efforts,” just as he thanked donors who contributed to the schemes in cash and kind.
Items distributed to the beneficiaries included cash, sewing machines, food items for dealers of raw foods e.t.c.

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