Macaire Enterprise Development Scheme, a 100 Million business and economic support initiative of Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, the member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives kicked off today in Ini LGA – Nkari Ward 4 with 7 constituents from the ward receiving business start up and support grants ranging from Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) to One Million Naira (N1,000,000).
Setting the tone for the event, the Director General, Mkpoikana Abasi Campaign Organization, Barr. Inyangidim described Ukpong-udo as a marketable product admirable by all and lauded him for hitting the ground running from the outset. The scheme, he said was an initiative aimed at providing economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood to his constituents from the 21 wards of the constituency while thanking the ward for the huge support they had given the member which had enabled him perform creditably well. He admonished the beneficiaries to maximally utilise the grants while suing for patience from those yet to benefit.
The PDP Ward Chairman, Evang Clement Ita, in his welcome remarks stated that the day was epochal in the history of the Ward and Ini L.G.A at large as it was the first time a serving Federal Representative had visited Nkari for any form of constituency briefing or empowerment and prayed God to bless the member and grant him more enablement to do more for the people.
In his address, the member Hon.(Obong) Emmanuel Ukpong-udo said the Macaire Enterprise Development Scheme is one of his initiatives to have ensued as a result of his drive to “support viable businesses” amongst his constituents as the welfare of every member of the constituency was of utmost importance to him.
He decried negative criticisms from naysayers about his magnanimity to the people stating that though it was heart breaking, he will never be deterred from doing good to as many as come his way. He thanked Ini people for their overwhelming support and promised to justify the confidence reposed in him.
He promised to make regular economic empowerment an integral part of his 4-year term as he was strongly averse to a one-off empowerment event which had no meaningful impact on the people. He meticulously reeled out his achievements in his 4 months of active legislative engagements in the areas of student support, job creation, employment and wealth creation, social welfare and other various empowerments while reiterating his commitment to delivering on all his campaign promises.
Ukpong-udo disclosed that the 100 Million empowerment fund was being earmarked for a 12 months period with Nkari Ward 4 chosen as the pilot scheme. Furthermore, he maintained that at least 3 wards would be reached monthly to ensure all the wards benefit maximally within year 2020 “My hope is that before 4 years, at least 100 persons from Ikono/Ini will be employed through my recommendations into various forms of work employment”, he said
Speaking on behalf of the female beneficiaries, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Nsikak Benjamin Christopher described the federal lawmaker’s gesture as unprecedented while praying God to reward him bountifully for his show of love. She urged the beneficiaries to put the package to profitable use so as not to negate its essence.
Several messages of commendation poured in from the dignitaries in attendance who all lauded the member for daring the odds and setting a standard for effective representation in the constituency.