Over 2000 Otuasege indigenes benefit from Bayelsa Govt empower programme

February 20th, 2019

By Willie Etim, Port Harcourt

Over two thousand in­digenes of Otuasega community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State would benefit from the Bayelsa Livelihood and Empowerment Support Scheme (BLESS).

Director General of the Bayelsa State Investment and Promotion Agency (BIPA), Patience Ranami-Abah dis­closed this at the launch of the empowerment scheme and capacity building flag off in Otuasega on Monday.

She said the pilot scheme has already registered 619 indigenes of the community and called on those who are yet to register to take advan­tage of the opportunity and do so.

According to her, the pro­gramme is a collaborative ef­fort between her agency and the Bayelsa Micro Enterprise Development Agency, aimed at raising entrepreneurs and reducing the rate of poverty among rural populace.

The BIPA boss thanked Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for investing over N2.5billion for the empower­ment of Bayelsans in various categories, which she added has lifted many of them out of the poverty line.

Chairman of the occasion and Commissioner for In­formation and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson in his remarks, said he was im­pressed with the people of Otuasega for their coopera­tion and support for the res­toration government.

He stated that, the govern­ment has created a lot of em­powerment opportunities for Bayelsans and stressed that, because of the limited white collar jobs in the country it is important for young people to become self-employed.

He praised the two gov­ernment agencies for putting together, the empowerment programme, saying acquir­ing vocational skills will help discover talents in various fields, while also making the beneficiaries self-sufficient and reliant.

“Encouraging people to be self-employed is the best employment in the world. Your daughter is a very special woman in this gov­ernment and she has done well for you all. My reason for coming here is to see how young women can be empowered through vari­ous skills.

“We are encouraging young boys and girls to acquire skills to support their education. I want to say that Otuasega women are special. For you people to repay the soft loans you took from government tells a lot about you”.

Also speaking, the Di­rector General of the Bayel­sa Micro Enterprise Devel­opment Agency, Ebiekure Jasper Eradiri lauded the people for repaying the soft loans they took and on re­cord time.

Eradiri said that, sev­eral persons since 2014 has benefitted from gov­ernment grants and loans, adding that, with the direc­tive of Governor Dickson more people in the area will be empowered.

According to him, solar stoves will soon be distrib­uted to the community to assist women to cook with ease and enjoined them to continue to be good am­bassadors of their commu­nity.

The highpoint of the event was the formal un­veiling of the pilot pro­gramme that requires men, women and youths to reg­ister their names and trade areas.

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