“Miteda Wellness Initiative” has empowered 39 artisans with various items at Ikaram-Akoko in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The items include 6 industrial machines, 6 butterfly tailoring machines, 2dryers, 2 washing basin, 5 grinding machines, and herbicides,
Others are 10 spraying machines, 2 garri processing machines, and 6 garri frying pots.
Dr. Adefunmilola Williams-Dauda, coordinator of the initiative, who said that the annual programme was the 8th edition, explained that the gesture was intended to help the less privileged in the society.
“Before now, more than 200 people used to benefit with free surgery and medical attention while 295 volunteers outside the Country usually attended but this year, due to Covid-19, they could not attend.
“For this year, we could only have 39 beneficiaries. Initially, I had suggestions to distribute food, but I wanted something that would help people in the future.
“We aim to do more next year, and pray that the Covid-19 pandemic, which has limited the number of beneficiaries from 200 to 39, will be gone by then,” Williams-Dauda said.
The coordinator, who also said that the items would serve as a source of livelihood to the beneficiaries, therefore, urged them to see the gesture as a privilege and make good use of the items.
Earlier, Oba Andrew Momodu, the Akala of Ikaram-Akoko, who appreciated the coordinator for the initiative used to empower people of the community and beyond, urged the beneficiaries to learn their trade well in order to lift themselves completely out of poverty.
“May God reward you and your family. Any good deed not used well will be asked by God because the items were given freely and are blessings from God.
“As you receive these items, make sure you use it well and multiply its proceeds. If you know your trade well, people will patronise you well,” he advised the beneficiaries.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Kayode Banfe, from Ikaram-Akoko, thanked the coordinator for the usual empowerment programme in the community.
He said the items given out would go a long way to change the life of the beneficiaries, and lift them from poverty to become self-employers.