Constituents of Oyo Central senatorial district yesterday were full of commendations as their representative, Dr. Yunus Akintunde distributed fertilizers across the 118 wards in the 11 local government areas.
The distribution which took place at the senatorial office of the lawmaker, saw beneficiaries which included members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Muslim communities, farmers, as well as party members, beaming with smiles.
Represented at the event by Hon. Yinka Folarin, Akintunde said the distribution was in line with the programme of President Bola Tinubu on agriculture. He added that the distribution was just a tip of the iceberg as more is coming.
“Remember I engaged in some rounds of empowerment when I was seeking your votes and even before I had the ambition. And I even promised during the campaign to do more. So it is the turn of you farmers today. In the last few months that we have been inaugurated, we have done best. We just decided to distribute this fertilizer because we are in the raining season and farmers would need it for the planting season. We pray it works wonder. This won’t be the last. We have lined up some other empowerment projects that you will see in the next few days,” he added.
Opening the floodgates of commendations, a former chairman of AFIJIO local government, Hon. Samuel Olorode commended Akintunde, advising beneficiaries against selling but to use for what it was meant for.
A two-term former member of the Oyo Assembly, Murphy Adigun corroborated other speakers, assuring members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, across the state to be focused.
The women leader of the APC in Oyo East local government, Alhaja Kehinde Adebimpe thanked the senator, saying that “he has started what he promised us. He shouldn’t forget women too. We know he won’t fail us. We are grateful for the gesture.”
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke after the distribution commended Akintunde, who chairs the senate committee on environment for what they described as a timely intervention.
“We farmers face a lot of problems in getting fertilizers. These things have been scarce for months. And that is because of the exchange rate that has continued to go up. We have money but we cannot get to buy. What we used to buy three bags before can only get a bag. So the senator coming up with is a succor to us. We will never forget him. This is better than any other thing to a farmer,” one of them added.
At the event were chieftains of the APC in the 11 local government areas, representatives of religious and community association as well as farmer groups.