More than 60 farmers and traders from Okitipupa and Irele local government areas of Ondo State on Saturday benefited from the training and empowerment programmes facilitated by the member representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Mike Adeniyi Omogbehin.

The programme, tagged ‘Post Season Intervention’ was executed by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN)  through Ewakitty Nig. Ltd.
The two-day programme which held between Friday and Saturday, was part of Omogbehin’s constituency projects which he designed for the benefit of his constituents.
At the closing session of the event which held at Maryland Hotel, Okitipupa, on Friday, Mr. Babatunde Akindele, who represented Omogbehin, said the scheme was in fulfillment of part of the federal lawmaker’s electioneering  promises.
Akindele  described the project as “first of its kind”, adding that the legislator would not rest on his oars in ensuring that he gave a better life to the people of his constituency.

He explained that the training was designed to teach farmers and traders on new innovative techniques and expose them to modern standards in their respective callings.

Akindele said, “Hon. Omogbehin is fulfilling his manifesto as he has promised to alleviate poverty and sufferings among the people.
“The participants at this training and empowerment programme shall be given stipends as start-up capitals to invest in their farming and trading which will help them.

“He laid the foundation of a modern library in Idepe High School in Okitipupa to make education more accessible to our children. He also laid the foundation of  modern civic centre in Irele in fulfillment of part of his promises.”
The Manager, Mr. Idowu Oluwaseyi, Ewakitty Nigeria Ltd, the firm which anchored the programme, said that participants were taught new techniques in trading and farming, especially how to store and produce, goods as well as how to raise capital to boost their craft.

“We taught them on how to start up farming and trading, the innovative ways and how to raise capital and most of them responded fine,” he said.

Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government Area, Mr. Larry Ogunmusire, who lauded the programne, said it was first of its kind to be organised in the entire federal constituency.

He advised youths must look beyond their certificate in order to contribute to the nation especially through agriculture.

He said, “It is better to teach people how to catch fish than give them fishes.
“I commend Omogbehin for this laudable project that trains and empowers farmers and traders and I think other politicians should emulate him on this.”
Some of the participants who spoke with OndoEvents lauded the programme. They said they learnt a lot of things from the programme and thanked Omogbehin for giving them the opportunity.

A farmer and a participant, Mr. Ibini Oyedele, who said the programme, had exposed him to many new things, urged the government to give more attention to farmers through loans and credit facilities in order to boost agricultural produce.

Chief Olagundoye Adegbore, the Oyenusi of Irele who is also a participant said that the training and empowerment will help the poor masses to discover themselves. He also lauded Hon. Omogbehin for the foundation laying of a civic centre in Irele.
“I commend Omogbehin for all that he was doing, if other politician can emulate him, things will be better.
“I pray that God will continue to be with him and his family, we are solidly behind him,” he said.
Another participant, Mrs Bola Ilori, also thanked  Omogbehin for the opportunity provided  by the programme  to learn a lot of new things.

Mr. Babatunde Akindele
Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government, Mr. Larry Ogunmusire
Manager, Mr. Idowu Oluwaseyi, Ewakitty Nigeria Ltd