UGHELLIâ€”Delta State government has pledged to set up a shoemakers’ village, equipped with modern shoemaking machines to encourage local production of footwears.
The Executive Assistant to the Governor on Micro-Credit, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, disclosed this in Agbarho, Ughelli North local government area, during presentation of DMCP certificates to 25 cluster groups made up of 225 persons in the locality.
Dr. Ashiedu, who identified small scale businesses as engine of growth, said the state government will continue to assist entrepreneurs in the state to expand their businesses. She appealed to DMCP clients in Ethiope west local government area to use the DMCP loans judiciously, in order to be able to contribute their quota to the overall growth of the economy.
She commended the 49 cluster groups comprising 502 persons, drawn from Jesse, Mosogar, Oghareki and Oghara for embarrassing the Delta Micro-Credit Programme to better their economic well-being.
Earlier, two community leaders, Rev. David Akpobasahan and Madam Alice Nmigboro, harped on the need for prompt repayment of the loans, to enable others benefit from it.
In a separate statements, the duo commended the Delta State government for having the poor at heart and said only quick repayment of the loans will justify the confidence the government has on the people.