Governor Rochas Okorocha’s empowerment programme for Women in the State has begun with the initial 3500 women being issued Cheques on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri, out of the ten thousand women slated to benefit from the programme.
Handing over some of the women beneficiaries their Cheques, Governor Okorocha said the women empowerment programme was one of his election promises, adding that he was happy that he has been able to keep to the election promises made to the people of the State.
The 3500 women involved in the first batch of the empowerment programme were selected 10 women from each of the 305 wards, while the rest of the women were chosen following other considerations, and each of the women would have 100,000 naira.
The governor said “Today we have come to further drive away poverty in Imo State by empowering 10,000 women in a whole and 3,500 in this first phase. 10 women per ward will be getting N100,000 each which is meant for business and will be returned after a while. Those who returned their loan will be given double of the initial money. It is my responsibility to provide for Imo people who surrendered their right of vote to me as their governor. This is what I am dramatizing today”.
He continued, “This is not the first time we are embarking on empowerment programme, we donated 500 million to the Niger Delta Women and Youths as part of our empowerment programme not long ago amongst other empowerments”.
“One of the greatest empowerment I have offered to Imo people is the free education which has enabled our women save money which would have been used for School fees. I have said this to Imo people, you are aware that the song going on in the country is the music of recession, but I have refused to sing this song of recession and I have continued to say that there is no recession in Imo State, the song of poverty shall never be sang in Imo State. Hence, you are seeing work going on around the State day and night and we are equally embarking on empowerments when other States are crying of lack of funds”, he added.
He pointed out that traditional rulers will serve as guarantors to the women to ensure that the right people get the loan and he also encouraged the women to make good use of the money as the fund, if put into good use can change their lives for good”.
The governor’s wife Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha prayed that loan will turn thousands of women into full time entrepreneurs in the years to come while most of the women who benefited from the empowerment will in the nearest future turn into women who will reposition the state to greater height.
She thanked the governor for putting smiles on the faces of Imo women whom she said will never abandon the rescue mission government.