Obi LGA Joins League Of Nasarawa Deputy Governor’s Empowerment Scheme
By Mukhtar Wakeel
His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe is a man whose words can be taken to the bank. He is a man who marches his words with action. His pedigree cannot be altered in any guise. He is honest, hardworking, disciplined, focused, friendly, tolerant, humble, reliable and dependable. Dr. Akabe is a trusted personality who carved his niche for decades. Dr. Akabe has impacted on the lives of many people long before he became the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State.
Many people who crossed his path have given testimonies on how he has touched their lives positively. He has retinue of friends, political associates and is well respected, cherished and loved across tribal, religious and social strata of the society.
Undoubtedly, popularity and acceptability of the Deputy Governor is multiplying every due to his passion for touching lives of the people he has come across. It is against this backdrop that Dr. Akabe muted the idea of launching an empowerment scheme as a way of giving back to the society especially women, Youth and the vulnerable who engaged in pretty trading and other skills to make ends meet.
A total of 100 vulnerable women across the 10 Electoral Wards of Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State benefitted from the Deputy Governor’s Empowerment Scheme. Each of the beneficiaries mostly petty traders and vulnerable went home with a sum of 10,000 naira. The event which took place at Peace Centre, Akara, Obi LGA, Sunday September 19, 2021 was attended by creme de la creme of Obi LGA.
Addressing the gathering, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe said the gesture was out of his passion and determination to alleviate the hardship faced by vulnerable women using his personal resources.
Dr. Akabe said this gesture was in tandem with the commitment of Governor Abdullahi Sule towards assisting the less privileged members of the society.
Wife of the Deputy Governor, Dame Tosin Akabe admonished women to be steadfast and prudent in utilising the funds in order to boost their income, stressing that those who make the best use of it, would stand the chances of getting more subsequently.
Some Stakeholders in Obi LGA such as Senator Salihu Husseini Agyegbola, Director-General NAGIS, Soni Agasi, Executive Chairman, NSUBEB, Muhammad Musa Dan’azumi, a frontline woman politician in Obi LGA Hajiya Sa’adatu Yahaya among others extolled the virtues of Dr. Emmanuel Akabe whom they described as a kind- hearted, liberal and finest gentleman whose passion for touching the lives of the vulnerable was remarkable and worthy of emulation. They described Dr. Akabe as a credible and trusted politician who is committed in serving people without sentiment.
They charged the people of Obi Local Government to continue to support Engr. Abdullahi Sule- led administration in order to enjoy dividends of democracy.
They also charged the people of Obi Loca Government to vote APC in the forthcoming Local Government Elections slated for October 6, 2021 and all subsequent elections.
The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Deputy Governor for his benevolence, assuring that they would make the best use of the funds to raise their economic status and prayed God to continue to protect and strengthen their benefactor, promising to work asidiously for the success of the present administration beyond 2023.
On Friday September 17, 2021, women from the 13 Electoral Wards in Lafia Local Government Area benefited from the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor’s empowerment scheme.
Speaking at the event which took place at Ibrahim Abacha Youth Centre Lafia, Senator representing Nasarawa South and former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura applauded the gesture of the Deputy Governor Dr. Emmanuel Akabe whom he described as humane, kind and generous personality whose concern for the plight of women and vulnerable is highly commendable urging him to maintain the tempo.
Senator Al-Makura extolled the virtues of Dr. Akabe which included soft- heartedness, commitment to the ideals of the present administration with emphasis on empowering women and youth, called on the beneficiaries of the Dr. Akabe empowerment scheme who are mostly pretty traders in rural and urban centres, to boost their means of livelihood for the good of their families and their communities.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe appreciated Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura whom he described as his political mentor and godfather who dragged him into politics, nurtured him and insisted that he excel in party politics. Dr. Akabe said he has learned from the wealth of experience of the former Governor and toyed his line of touching the lives of the people especially in the aspect of empowerment of rural women.
The Deputy Governor said the aim of the scheme was to actualise government’s initiative on poverty eradication.
He charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the intervention to improve on their income, stressing that those who make the best of their stipends stand the chances of getting more so as to achieve self- reliance.
Dr. Akabe said Doma Local Government already benefitted from the scheme saying all the Local Government Areas in Nasarawa South would take their turn. He assured that the gesture would be extended to all the 13 Local Government Areas of the state. He commented the women for their continuous support to Engr. Abdullahi Sule- led administration, assuring them of government’s readiness to bring development to their door steps. Each of the 10 women in the 13 Electoral Wards of Lafia LGA went home with ten thousand Naira each.
A cross section of the beneficiaries appreciated the kind gesture of the Deputy Governor praying God to sustain the government for greater times ahead.
Recently, a total of 1,042 vulnerable and less privileged persons in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State benefitted from Deputy Governor’s empowerment scheme.
It could be recalled that Dr. Emmanuel Akabe had some weeks ago, supported some farmers with NPK fertilizer and cash.