The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Babatunde Hunpe on Tuesday empowerment over 300 youths and market women with cash grants.
The empowerment programme facilitated by Hunpe was in conjunction with Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CORIN) and Bamidele Engineering Nig. Ltd.
Speaking at the event, Hunpe said the initiative was to enable youths and market women in his constituent to upgrade their businesses.
He said it was part of the promises made during his campaign.
“This is continuation of our empowerment programme and part of election campaign promises.
“The empowerment is part of what we promised our people that we will do for them.
“We are supporting their businesses with cash grants, the money is in three stages and we have over three hundred people to collect it.
“The cash grants range from N20,000, N50,000 and N100,000 all together,” he said.
Hunpe urged those that were yet to benefit to be patience.
Mr Sunday Setonji, the Chief of Staff to the lawmaker urged the beneficiaries to utilise the grants judiciously.
Setonji appealed to them not to use the money to buy clothes or ceremony, adding that it was meant for their businesses.
He commended the lawmaker for the kind gesture, urging him not to forget others in the coming empowerment.
Mrs Abosede Owolabani, a fish seller, one of the beneficiaries said she would use the money to expand his business, urging other beneficiaries to use the money judiciously.
She thanked the lawmaker for extending the cash grants to her, adding that the money would change her business.
It is reported that the ceremony was graced many All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, market men and women, security agencies and local government workers.