The Chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, should have been more cautious when contributing to a motion seeking the need to patronise products made in Nigeria which should exclude ‘Made-in-Nigeria women’, as he was reported to have taunted Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Melaye, who is from Kogi-West senatorial district, while contributing to the motion by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, which advocated the need to patronise products made in Nigeria, took a swipe at Oshiomhole, saying Nigerians should not emulate the governor whom he said opted not to “patronise ‘Made-in-Nigeria women’ but a foreign one”.
But a former Aide to Governor Oshiomhole, John Mayaki said, “Melaye veered off the radar on the issue of Made-in-Nigeria products which for me cannot and should not include Made-in-Nigeria Women if the intention of the initiator of the motion is not to be misconstrued.
According to Mayaki, “Iara Oshiomhole is doing well for Nigeria and Edo people and does not deserve the categorization Melaye attempted to taint her with.
“Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole’s “We Care Trust”, her pet project whose goal is to care for the welfare of children, provide education for the girl-child, vocational training for the youth and empowerment for women, has just empowered about 36 individuals across the 18 local government areas of Edo State.
“She had envisioned a society where, though challenging, resources are equitably and sustain-ably managed for the benefit of all particularly in a manner that the poor and needy can thrive and succeed.
“I want to congratulate her for the feat her pet project, “We Care Trust”, achieved on Wednesday just as at the time Melaye was veering off the radar on a woman who has motherly disposition towards the Nigerian child.
“My knowledge about Iara Oshiomhole is one that when she was young, Iara was always in the forefront of caring for defenseless, bullied and helpless school children, as this sharpened her innate character, part of which involves caring for people in need, including orphans, old people and the vulnerable, (the Internally Displaced People, IDPs) so that they can live life to the fullest. But she never stopped believing that her conviction will become life-long commitments.
“I know she is more determined to do everything within her power to ensure that people in need live and experience positive life in the belief that they may feel safe and generally overcome the stigma that comes with their social status. That way, they will find it easier to integrate properly into the society.
“I want to call on Nigerians, including my friend Dino Melaye to encourage Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole to do more for the Nigerian child than the confusion he attempted to make between Made-in-Nigeria product and Made-in-Nigeria Women”.