From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
The Senator representing Zamfara West, Senator Lawali Dan Iya, has flagged off a free eye treatment offer for 600 tested victims drawn from Gummi, Anka, Bukkuyum, Maradun, Talata Mafara and Bakura local government areas of the state.
The Senator, who was represented by his wife, Hajiya Zulai Dan Iya said,100 people from each of the six local government areas suffering various eye problems would benefit free eye treatment by the medical experts.
According to him, the doctors would treat and give free medicines to victims especially suffering from Bulging eyes, Cataracts,Cataracts in babies, CMV Retinitis,Color Blindness, Crossed eyes (Strabismus), Diabetic Macular Edema and the aged-related muscular degeneration.
“This is a medical reach out purposely planned to assist my people especially who are very poor that could not pay hospital charges for their treatments, and I found it necessary to continue with the kind of gesture till end of my tenure”, Senator Dan Iya stressed.
Meanwhile, the Senator has simultaneously commenced the distribution of 10,000 naira packages to 1,240 women being drawn from the six local government areas of the senatorial district in the state under the initiated women empowerment programme.
While distributing the packages to the first batch of 240 beneficiaries in Bakura local government area during weekend, the Senator emphasized that the gesture was part of the promises made during his campaign days.
He said, the idea behind women empowerment programme was to help reduce the threatening rate of poverty among the teeming populace in the zone, saying, “It was learnt that, the 10,000 naira gesture is valuable enough for women to start small scale businesses”.
He further said, the development would drastically assist in reducing the burden husbands were battling with in running the affairs of their houses for the survival of poor dependents surrounding their economic classes.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Zainab Bakura said, she will in a judicial way manage the 10,000 naira to start a small business, which in turn would gradually grow to the height, hoping to take part in contribution towards managing her family.
“I will start by selling pure water and groundnut cake with a view to make the business bigger, so that, my husband will have my assisting hands one day especially in managing problems surrounding school fees, hospital bills and many other things of that nature”, Zainab Bakura stated.