After coming to the aid of his constituency through the provision of food and monetary palliatives to the vulnerable and needy in his Constituency, the member representing Abua/Odual in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Sokolo Solomon says his target is to empower members of his constituency with skills that would see them through the post COVID-19 hardship and beyond.
Solomon, who made this known in an interview with newsmen in his office said the reason of his focus beyond the period of the COVID-19 pandemic was based on the realisation that society was more likely to experience one of the worst economic hardships after the pandemic.
According to him, there are two key empowerment projects for members of his constituency, particularly for the less privileged and vulnerable, among them, the plan to set up of cooperative societies in the local government with a board of trustee that will supervise them.
“I, as part of my constituency projects, am in charge of tractors, which we will give to them (farmers) to manage, so that they can be introduced to mechanised farming. I’ve even started negotiations with the producers of the machinery”, he said.
The second is the establishment of a general skills acquisition project, saying that, “immediately the lockdown eases off, I’ll travel and meet them for the skills acquisition. I have already gotten a place.
“I have already started thinking ahead, and part of what I submitted as my constituency projects are all geared towards empowerment”, he said, noting that he has secured a location where to site an all round skills acquisition establishment.
“The nature of my skills acquisition is that I want to see how Abua/Odual LGA will be the hub of tailoring in Rivers State, and I’m seeing my catchment areas as Bayelsa, Emohua, Ahoada, Degema, Abonnema, etc.”, he explained.
To achieve this, he said “I intend getting machines and very good tailors. They’ll come in, I’ll give them everything: space etc. They will come and train people in Abua/Odual on tailoring.
“We already have somebody who’s willing to teach our people plumbing for free, and be part of the skill acquisition centre.”