More than two hundred elderly citizens have benefitted from free medical outreach in Ogoja Local Government Area, northern Cross River State.
Member of the House of Representatives for Ogoja/Yala constituency, Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe attracted a team of medical practitioners to the area to provide free services and surgery to the elderly.
In addition, the legislator doled out scholarships to 120 undergraduates and graduates students as well as distributed equipments such as sewing machines, hair dressing, grinding mills and barbing facilities to over three hundred persons, who were trained in different vocational skills.
Jarigbe, who spoke with newsmen shortly after disbursing the items to beneficiaries said in 2015 when I was campaigning, I promised to support our people to earn viable income and today I am once again fulfilling my promise.
I also introduced special programmes such as bursary for indigent students in post-primary and tertiary institutions, free computer training, entrepreneurial development training for youths and micro-finance assistance to traders and farmers, stated Jarigbe.
I am massively grateful to my people and God for the opportunity to represent them. I urge you all to use what you have gotten today, invest wisely and take care of your families, he said.
The lawmaker further gifted 70 motorcycles and 7 vehicles to local farmers to enhance transportation of agricultural produce to the markets.
At the event, the Chief of Staff to Cross River State Governor, Martin Orim described the gesture as raising the bar for empowerment as a first time House of Representatives members. The Governor is impressed that the people are the direct beneficiaries.
Orim, who charged the beneficiaries to judiciously use the cash and items received, urged electorates to take action against none performing politicians, stating any elected representative that does not perform well will be voted out. Political offices are held in trust for the people and our elected officials need to report to the people as the office is not personal.
Also, the Cross River State Deputy Chairman of the People Democracy Party, Patrick Ebam said the lawmaker has attracted 89 projects to the constituency and urged others to emulate the gesture.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Cordelier Amana was thankful, noting I thank God for what our representative has done for me and my family. He has given me sewing machine and I will give it to my daughter, who just finished learning tailoring.
Source: Voice of Nigeria