Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta
Chairman, House Committee on Rural Development, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu has pledged to ensure equitable distribution of projects to rural communities in Nigeria.
He expressed concern that the percentage of the total budget allocated to rural development was small, saying the committee in the true spirit of social justice and equity, would still ensure that the rural areas receive the dividends of democracy.
He appealed to the Minister of Rural Development to improve on the ministry’s allocation to rural development in the next budget.
He said: “We ask you for the sake of the country, to please increase the allocation of resources towards rural development because rural dwellers form a vital part of our society as the producers of our food and this is where majority of the farming and agribusiness activities take place.”
He said the total sum of N34.501 billion is proposed for the main ministry’s capital projects and programmes for 2016 budget year, saying of this the sum of N2.888 billion representing about eight per cent of the proposal is for rural development projects and programmes.
Meanwhile, in continuation of an empowerment programme across Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu representing Ogun East zone has donated cash, vehicles, motorcycles, and other items to Omo Ilu Foundation; an empowerment body aimed at uplifting the masses and the less privileged in the state.
Kashamu inspired the Foundation during its recent empowerment programme held in Sagamu Local Government where he picked the hospital bills of four people – a man and three women.
Each of the beneficiaries, said to be suffering from various ailments, ranging from cataract to fibroid and broken arm, got between N50,000 and N100,000 to pay their respective hospital bills.
The lawmaker also donated five vehicles, ten motorcycles, and food items, among others to each local government in the state to support the foundation.
He announced the donation of a bus to each of the 20 offices of the foundation across the 20 local government areas, just as he said each of three senatorial chairmen would be given vehicles.
“For all and sundry, we shall continue our tradition of ‘stomach infrastructure’ and empowerment. Specifically, there shall be heavy distribution of food stuffs and clothing, among other incentives,” Kashamu added.
The ceremony, which was hosted by the Sagamu Local Government chapter of the foundation, had members of the Niyi Osoba-led state executive council of the Foundation in attendance.
In his welcome address, the State Coordinator, Osoba thanked members of the foundation for the impressive turn out.
“I am highly impressed at the turn out here in Sagamu Local Government. I want to assure you all that our Senator Buruji Kashamu is a friend of the masses. He will continue to support the masses. My advice for the beneficiaries of today is to use the money for what it is meant,” he said.
The Coordinator of the foundation in Sagamu Local Government Area, Mr. Gbenga Salako, said, “If Nigeria has more people like Senator Buruji Kashamu, it would be a better place for all to live.” Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Akinsanya also praised Kashamu for extending the hand of fellowship to them.
Meanwhile, the Omo Ilu Foundation has donated two vehicles – a Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a Toyota Corolla salon car – to Otunba Kola Akinyemi (from Sagamu Local Government) and Mrs. Idowu Lamina (from Ijebu Ode Local Government).