The people of Epe in Lagos, on Thursday, erupted with palpable excitement as the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Tokunbo Abiru commissioned two projects he facilitated to the ancient town.
The projects include a 960-capacity mini-stadium, and the remodelling of the 339 shops at the popular Oluwo Fish market. Both were facilitated through the Office of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the presidency.
The event had in attendance the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, among other dignitaries.
In his address, Abiru who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries noted that the facilitated projects were in line with his mission to improve the lots of the people of Lagos East.
The Senator also said about 1,250 market women and traders would be empowered with the sum of N50,000 each as financial grants totalling N62.5 million.
The empowerment also included the distribution of hand-planters to about 200 rural farmers, along with financial grants of N20,000 each.
“These projects and support for market women and rural farmers are part of the fulfilment of the social contract I solemnly had with the people of the Lagos East Senatorial District while seeking their mandate in 2020,” Abiru added.
Speaking during the commissioning, Sanwo-Olu said the projects are ones that will have direct impacts on the socio-economic reality of the town, praising Abiru for “diligently” representing the district in the National Assembly.