The Speaker of Benue House of Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, says economic empowerment of people of his constituency remains his topmost priority. He made the promise on Saturday in Manor-Ikov Council Ward of Ushongo Local Government Area of the state during the inauguration of his empowerment scheme. He noted that if his people were empowered economically, they would be self-reliant, adding that by so doing they could be financially independent. He stated that the decision to empower his constituents was borne out of the fact that if majority of them were empowered they would also be of tremendous assistance to others. ``I am sure this is going to have a multiplier effects in our constituency because the people that are empowered today will certainly extend this gesture to others. ``With this in mind, I pledge to continue to support my constituents in order to improve their well being,’’ he said. He enjoined his people to be patient with the present administration at both the state and federal levels. The speaker said that the situation would soon improve and the dividends of democracy would trickle down to all the nooks and crannies of the country. Ikyange also assured them of quality legislation that would trigger growth and development in the state. Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman of the local government, Mr Abraham Soo, commended the speaker for initiating the scheme, stating that it was a right step in the right direction. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the speaker donated assorted items to the beneficiaries which cut across the 11 council wards of the local government. Items donated include motorcycles, sewing machines, generators, water pumps, knapsack sprayers, clippers, vulcanizing machines, weaving machines and garri processing machines. NAN reports further that each ward had 15 beneficiaries.