Sen. Alli distributes food items worth N35m to more than 3,000 widows


Ibadan, Oyo.

Sen. Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) has distributed food items worth N35 million to no fewer than 3,000 widows in his senatorial district.

Alli told newsmen on Thursday on the sidelines of the three-day programme that the gesture was part of the bid to reduce the effect of economic hardship on the people.

That Alli was giving support to widows drawn from across the nine local government areas (LGAs) that make up Oyo South.

The lawmaker had on Tuesday in Eruwa distributed food items to widows drawn from the three LGAs in the Ibarapa zone of the senatorial district.

Speaking at the event, the lawmaker restated his commitment to keeping his electioneering promises, saying that the programme aimed to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

“I decided that after reaching out to markets, we should now reach out to the widows. We have decided that it should be across the senatorial district.

“In the last three days, the totality of items distributed is well over N35 million and at the close of the three days, over 3,000 widows across the senatorial district would have been supported.

“But we are just beginning. This is just a tip of the iceberg. We have a lot planned for our people in areas such as education, health, infrastructure and lots of others,” he said.

The lawmaker urged other political office-holders as well as the wealthy to reach out to people so as to cushion the effect of the current economic hardship on them.

“As members of the National Assembly, we’ve not been given any palliative to give to our people, but I decided on my own. I urge others to please do the same.

“I will advise other politicians to get back to our people at home, and also let us help in cushioning the effect of the hardship our people are going through.

“We must assist the government in cushioning the effect of the hardship on our people,” he said.

Alli said fuel subsidy removal has come to stay, adding that any thing to the contrary would only increase the debt burden on Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker also inaugurated the ICT centres he facilitated in Ibadan and Igbo-ora, while he also inaugurated a modern toilet facility he built at Ajomale compound in Oja-Oba, Ibadan.

Speaking also, the Senatorial Chairman of APC in Oyo South, Mojeed Olaoya, commended the lawmaker, describing him as a promise-keeper and generous leader.

Olaoya commended the lawmaker for doing so much in his first 100 days of assuming the office, assuring the people of Alli’s commitment to their welfare.

“If all those elected are doing that then the tension will go down gradually. So, what he is doing is good. I give kudos to him.

“The funny thing is, how many of his colleagues are doing these? Most of them have gone overseas now with their families.

“In the past, we don’t see those we elect for four years. The essence of democracy is for people to be happy, to have sense of belonging,” he said.

Olaoya said Alli has promised to sink a borehole each in the 99 wards making up the senatorial district and had already sunk 12 out of the 99 promised.

On his part, Chief Bello Oladeji, an APC leader in the state, thanked Alli for being generous and committed to the people’s welfare.

“The Distinguished Senator is doing very well. He is a politician, he knows what to do and when to do it,” he said.

Dr Adepeju Esan, an APC chieftain from Ibadan North Local Government Area, appreciated Sen. Alli for the gesture, saying they are lucky to have him as their representative.

“One will not say it is unexpected like you’ve heard people talk about it.

“It won’t be the first time the Senator will be doing this kind of a thing, even before he assumed office as a Senator.

“We can only say that we are lucky to have him representing us to be able to do what he knows how to do best and we are grateful. We appreciate it,” she said.

Some beneficiaries at the event also expressed their appreciation of the lawmaker for considering them at this trying period, describing him as a politician with human face.

They said that it was the first time a senator from Oyo State would distribute such items and still initiate several projects within his first 100 days in office.

Princess Stella Otegbola, a beneficiary, thanked the lawmaker for the gesture, and prayed that God should continue to bless him.

“We thank Sen. Sharafadeen Alli. May the Lord continue to bless him. He will continue to move from glory to glory,” she said.

Otegbola urged government to make proper provision for the elderly, youths, middle-aged and less privileged, while also providing other basic social amenities.

Muinat Mustapha, another beneficiary, thanked the senator, uging government and other public office-holders to reach to people to cushion the effect of economic hardship.

“We thank the man. We appeal to government to put more efforts into developing the young people, and assist the upcoming youths. People are suffering,” she said.

Alli had recently facilitated fully-equiped ICT centres for Ansar-ud-deen High School I, Oke-Ado in Ibadan and Methodist Grammar School in Sagaun, Igbo-ora.

He has also donated a borehole to Mokola Divisional Police Station, together with a generating set, while he donated 3.5 KVA inverter with solar panels to Sango Divisional Police Station.

The lawmaker has distributed palliative materials at several markets, sank boreholes, erected solar street lights and organised coaching classes for students.


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