By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Executive Assistant to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State on Micro-finance, Dr. Anthonia Ashiedu, has charged women in the state to put the credit facilities granted them into judicious use and advised them not divert them into buying wrappers, gold and shoes.
She also admonished the women not to succumb to their husbandsâ€™ plea to part with the loans, with the aim of deploying same to make repairs of any leaking roof during this rainy season, warning that the loan facilities granted them by the state government was to better their lives for a sustainable future.
Dr. Ashiedu made these remarks during this years fund disbursement certificate tour to different cluster groups in all parts of the state.
According to her,Â a working wife is a pride not only to herself and family, but also to womanhood as a whole.
She disclosed that Delta State Micro Credit Programme, put in place by Governor Uduaghan in collaboration with credible and trusted Micro-finance Banks in different part of the state, was intended to make small interest free loans available for petty business for all class of peasant men, women, boys and girls who are willing to engage in meaningful and genuine business of their own.
According to Dr. Ashiedu, Governor Uduaghan is the governor of all Deltans, irrespective of political leanings, ethnicity and geographical location.
She said that in the business of micro-credit in the state, politics was not part of the discussion, adding that only micro-finance bank close to their various areas were chosen to disburse the loans in order to remove the hardship involved in travelling to Asaba.
Among the places visited by Dr. Ashiedu were Warri, Udu, Oha, Sapele and Oleh in Delta South and Central Senatorial district of the state, while the micro finance banks accredited to handle the loans on behalf of the state governmentÂ include the Eagle Flight Micro Finance Bank; Wetland; Solace, Okpe; Dolfin amongst others.
Over 5,000 cluster groups of ten person each were empowered during the visitation and empowerment tour.
She enjoined the beneficiaries of the loans to make maximum use of the 15-month moratorium granted them to re-pay the interest-free loans, explaining to them that by re-paying according to plan, each cluster groups can then re-apply for a bigger loan with its multiplier effects on their business.
Ashiedu charged them to be disciplined, prayerful and be dedicated to the trades, as that was the only way success could smile on them.