Gboluga, Ondo lawmaker reacts says 300 women empowered not 100

Barely two hours MAWA Foundation published a story showing how Mr. Ikengboju Gboluga, a lawmaker from Ondo state gave N20k each to 100 women as his constituency project empowerment scheme, the lawmaker reached out to MAWA saying 300 women were empowered and not 100 as reported.

Gboluga, the Ondo lawmaker while speaking to MAWA via a telephone conversation, said that he had on the month of December 2020 empowered 200 women by giving them N100k each. He added that the N20k given to 100 women in the month of January 2021 was a continuation of his empowerment scheme.

MAWA Foundation had on Friday reported how Mr. Ikengboju Gboluga, a lawmaker from Ondo state, at the Federal House of Representatives shared N20k each to 100 women as constituency project empowerment scheme after N23.7 million allocations from Federal Government.

The lawmaker who shared the N20k at his constituency office in Okitipupa on Saturday, the 27th day of February 2021 had in 2020 nominated women empowerment as his constituency project under the supervision of the “The Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SAMEDAN)

A nomination the Federal Government had since released the sum of N23.7 million for its execution.

Tracka, a public accountability organization that tracked the empowerment scheme, told MAWA Foundation that the 100 women beneficiaries were selected from Okitipupa and Irele Local Government Areas of Ondo State.

Those selected were trained in cake baking and other forms of businesses before they were given N20k each as a start-up grant for their businesses.

Mrs. Christianah Orisaebinone, one of the beneficiaries, from Okitipupa, said her desire to improve on her skills by learning new trades has been met having participated in the programme.

Mrs. B.O Ogundayomi, the Chairperson of Okitipupa Hairdressers Association, said that the training and the money will empower the women to do better in their businesses.

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