April 12, 2024

Senator Jibrin Isah and the Making of Igala Millionaires

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By Nathan Emmanuel

Senator Jibrin Isah (Echocho), representing Kogi East Senatorial District, showcased his commitment to empowering youth and fostering economic growth within his constituency by providing a grant of 1 million naira each to twenty outstanding graduates and budding entrepreneurs.

The ceremony, held at Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba on April 1, 2024, was attended by esteemed party stalwarts, Senator Isah’s dedicated aides, student union leaders, fervent supporters, members of civil society organizations, and the general public.

Addressing the gathering, Alhaji Abubakar Rajab, a Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Jibrin Isah, listed, among other factors, the pressing economic challenges facing the community, such as high unemployment rates, the biting economic realities, intense competition in the labor market, and the need to create a viable economy, as the primary motivations for the initiative.

Rajab emphasized the significance of Senator Isah’s initiative in providing essential financial support to deserving individuals, stating, “The economic situation is tough, and intelligent graduates are struggling with unemployment. Our community urgently needs entrepreneurial solutions, which is why this project was established. The grants are not for luxury but are intended to be used judiciously to uplift our youth and stimulate economic development.”

Alhaji Rajab equally reiterated the Senator’s commitment to the welfare of his constituents, emphasizing the importance of empowering youth and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. “Today marks a new chapter for our community,” he declared. “These grants are not merely financial assistance but a catalyst for positive change and sustainable economic development.”

Through the initiative, which is the maiden one, Senator Jibrin Isah continues to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders, laying the groundwork for a prosperous and vibrant community. As the embodiment of visionary leadership and inclusive governance, Senator Isah remains committed to driving sustainable progress and prosperity across Kogi East Senatorial district.

The event was not only a celebration of generosity but also a testament to the power of leadership and vision in driving positive change. Senator Jibrin Isah’s unwavering dedication to empowering youth and fostering economic growth has set a shining example for leaders across the nation, inspiring hope and optimism for a brighter future in Kogi East Senatorial District and beyond.

Speaking about how the 1 million naira grant will impact their businesses, Hopeline Unyo, the Founder and CEO of Bryiant Scents, an entrepreneurial outlet specializing in perfumery and other essentials, explained that the support from the Echocho Graduate Entrepreneurship Scheme will revolutionize their online presence and establish their business as a leading player in the digital perfume market.

“By investing in strategic social media initiatives, we are confident in attracting new customers, foster meaningful connections with our customers, and drive sustainable growth for the company. I am very grateful for the show of love and support. With Senator Isah’s support, I am confident that I can make a meaningful impact in my community and contribute to its economic growth.”

Another recipient, Ismaila Ujachi, Founder and CEO of Ujachi Kiosk, applauded the credible selection process. She said, “When my brother-in-law forwarded the flyer of the programme to me, I thought it was a scam, but he encouraged me to apply. I’m not too good at business proposal writing but with the help of one of my siblings, who is a graduate of Business Administration, I was able to come up with something tangible. I was so thrilled when I got notification that my proposal scaled through. This effort is commendable.”

The Echocho Graduate Entrepreneurship Scheme initiative transcends political affiliations and serves as a beacon of hope, bringing tangible relief and opportunity to the people of Kogi East Senatorial district. Senator Isah’s unwavering dedication to the welfare of his constituents is evident in his proactive approach to addressing pressing socio-economic challenges and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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