‘Why I Gave Cash, Goats to Aged, Others’—Adedeji Olajide Odidi Omo


The lawmaker representing Ibadan Northwest/Southwest Federal Constituency, Adedeji Olajide, yesterday restated his reasons for giving cash and goats as empowerment gifts to 300 women comprising the aged, widows and vulnerable women in his constituency.

Social media was awash over the weekend on why a serving lawmaker, who was reputed to be a philanthropist and widely travelled, having spent the last three decades in the United States of America (USA), would give such as empowerment items to his constituents.

Speaking to reporters on the development, the legislator, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he carried out the empowerment based on the popular demand of his people.

He said the least among the 300 widows and aged were between 55 and 60 years, who felt having goats at their backyards would make them financially stable since the she-goats were of special breeds and could produce between three to four offspring twice a year.

Olajide said: “I did this in conjunction with the Department of Animal Husbandry Services,

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. I facilitated and empowered majorly women/widows and the indigenous females within my constituency with breeding and caring of animals.

Olajide, popularly called Odidiomo, said further: “I prepared them with the basic required skills through training and later gave the participants live goats and financial back up for full engagement.

“We carefully selected the participants having identified their area of interest and needs. It is also worthy to state that this project was facilitated based on request, as I have always promised that any request from my constituents shall be given high consideration and within my capability/capacity it shall be done,” he added.

The legislator said contrary to what critics were saying, the empowerment was another novel idea in addition to other empowerment programmes he had carried out such as donation of cars, educational support programmes including cash awards as bursaries, training of over 500 youths in paint making and marketing, among others.


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