A member of the federal house of representatives, Adedeji Olajide, who is representing Ibadan Northwest/Southwest, has come out to explain why he empowered his constituents with goats and cash gifts.

The lawmaker from Oyo State after being heavily criticized across social media platforms for distributing goats and cash has defended his move saying that he only did everything he did based on popular demand.

He said the 300 beneficiary widows, aged were between 55 and 60 years, felt having goats at their backyards would make them financially stable since the she-goats were of special breeds and could produce between three to four offsprings twice a year.

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The lawmaker who spoke to newsmen on Monday also said he carried out the empowerment program in conjunction with the Department of Animal Husbandry Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, and Rural Development.

The lawmaker said he had previously prepared them with the basic required skills through training before giving participants live goats and financial back up for full engagement.

We carefully selected the participants haven identified their area of interest and needs.

‘It is also worthy to state that this project was facilitated based on the request, as I have always promised that any request from my constituents shall be given high consideration and within my capability/capacity it shall be done.’

Olajide popularly called Odidiomo while rebuking critics said that he has previously carried out empowerment donating cars, educational support programmes including cash awards as bursaries, training of over 500 youths in paint making and marketing, among others.