By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”TEN communities in Anambra State have been presented with Micro Enterprises Equipment by Governor Peter Obi as part of the governmentâ€™s poverty alleviation programme.
The programme, which is a joint venture between the state government and UNICEF,Â saw the communities receiving equipment,Â including local bakery oven, pop corn machine, soap and cream making machines and materials, hydrometer, rubber gloves, among others.
Governor Obi said atÂ the occasion that his administration would continue to empower the poor and the under-privileged towards productivity, adding that government would soon launch faith based micro-credit scheme and other economic empowerment programmes that would generate employment.
He identified greed as the bane of the country and reinstated the commitment of his administration to use available resources to upgrade the quality of life of the people.
The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Professor Chinyere Okunna, said the exercise symbolised Governor Obiâ€™s determination to continue to empower the people as well as sustain partnership with donor agencies, which has enabled participants acquire skills in various trades.
She made it clear that donor agencies only collaborate with selected states, whose Governors have enthroned good governance, accountability and transparency and have maintained prompt and regular payment of counter part funding, adding that Anambra was lucky to belong to this group.
The Commissioner for Education Dr. Key Onyechi,Â in her address said that Anambra was the only state that had consistently trained and equipped those underÂ UNICEF supported activities in the state.
She explained that the training and equipping of the people on micro-enterprises was part of efforts to curb drop out of school syndrome, sustain non formal education centers and fight poverty. She urged beneficiaries to make good use of the unique opportunity to contribute optimally to the development of the state.