Hon. Sikirat Ajibola, Ogun State House of Assembly member, representing Ipokia/Idiroko constituency, said she has carried out a lot of empowerment programmes to support her constituents without constituency allowance.
Ajibola, while speaking with newsmen at Ipokia on Tuesday, explained that she embarked on the empowerment programmes with personal fund.
She noted that there was no constituency allowance from the executive arm of government since the inception of the 9th legislature.
The lawmaker stated that in 2021, she was able to distribute 80 pieces of hospital bed, over 150 farm tools, 100 dryers and 50 clippers for both hairdressers and barbers.
” We also distributed over 100 cooking gas, chairs and tables for butchers , 150 standing fans, 100 generators and 60 Grinding machines. The second phase of the empowerment also came in monetary form.
“We encouraged some entrepreneurs with a reasonable amount of money to support their small scale businesses. All these empowerment are done with my hard earned money.
“I can’t wait for constituency allowance before I give back to my constituents,” she said.
Ajibola, however, refuted a report on social media claiming that she kept furniture meant for primary and secondary schools in Ipokia/Idiroko in her office.
The lawmaker expressed sadness over the report, saying that the report was completely false.
” It saddens my heart when I saw the write up. Truth must be told , I did 1,500 chairs but it is in batches.
“The first batch the cabinet maker brought in 2021 were not up to standard and I told him to come and pack them to do the needful.
“If I had shared bad chairs to both secondary and primary school students the story would have been worst,” she said.
She noted that these projects were executed from her personal money, adding that all the members of the 9th legislature had been doing projects without constituency allowance.
Ajibola, who also claimed that she was alleged to have threatened the writer of the false information, said she had never threatened anyone in her life, saying that people should play politics with the fear of God.