The member, representing Ika Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja, Hon. (Engr.) Doris Uboh has promised more empowerment packages for the people of the constituency.

Hon. (Engr.) Uboh made the disclosure during a meeting she had with members of the Think Tank Committee and her Campaign Coordinators, at her constituency office, located along Old Lagos/Asaba road in Boji-Boji, Owa, on Saturday November, 7, 2009.

The federal legislator who commended the people of Ika nation for their continued support disclosed that she has packaged an empowerment programme that will cut across gender and age.

She revealed that the programme which will cover agriculture, health, skill acquisition and Information Communication Technology, ICT will be spread across the various wards that make up Ika Federal constituency.

"We are going to support the youths and women who already have skills in various areas but have been unable to raise money to start their business. What we are going to do is to take them to functional skill acquisition centres to refresh their memories, after which we provide them with starter packs and some amount of money to start off. Our youths who have acquired ICT knowledge will also be part of the refresher course, and thereafter we will provide them with the necessary materials to start off on their own.

"We are equally going to provide our farmers with fertilizers and some money to boost their agricultural outputs. Those who are physically challenged in our midst, who have been persistent in their call for empowerment are equally going to be assisted to stand on their own. In that wise, materials and cash will be distributed to them. We are also hoping to establish a skill acquisition centre in Ika land to create empowerment for our people," she explained.

Hon. (Engr.) Uboh also revealed that arrangements have been made to screen women in the area for cervical cancer, which she said is recording high incidence among black women around the world. "We are providing materials and men for that exercise. Doctors who are experts in that area are coming to screen our women; especially the rural women and a machine will be made available for the exercise, after which the screening machine will be donated to the Central Hospital, Agbor. Those with eye problems will also be treated and glasses handed over to them," she said.

She stated that members of Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba Communities and other ethnic groups resident in Ika land will also benefit from the proposed empowerment programme.

The programme according to the federal legislator will run five days before the end of November, 2009. Hon. (Engr.) Uboh encouraged members of the Think Tank to always monitor projects sited in their respective communities or wards, even as she promised to continue to provide diesel for the generators powering the different boreholes in some communities in Ika land. "I had initially wanted to do this for just a year but I have resolved to continue for four years," she disclosed.

Earlier, members of the Think Tank and Coordinators had praised Hon. (Engr.) Uboh for her effective and result- yielding representation of Ika Federal Constituency at Abuja. While noting that those who have been representing the people at various levels have not done much in comparison to her achievements, in less than 2 years, they described her as a champion who have really justified her representation of Ika Federal Constituency. The group stated that the people have earned the dividends of democracy which has constituently been denied them.

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