By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”DEPUTY Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Basil Ganagana, has cautioned beneficiaries of the state micro credit programme not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the state government.
Ganagana made the remark last weekend while addressing beneficiaries of the programme at Patani.
He said the loan scheme was part of the state governmentâ€™s effort to eradicate poverty in the state in line with its human capital development agenda.
He stated that it was governmentâ€™s desire to make Deltans self-reliant, advising the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the interest-free loan and pay back when due.
Ganagana, who represents Patani local government area in the House, said Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was committed to the programme.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Executive Assistant to the state governor on Micro Credit, Dr. Anthonia Ashiedu, said the loan was meant to alleviate the sufferings of the people of the state.
Ashiedu, who spoke at Mosogar,Â Agbarho, Bomadi and Patani while issuing certificates to over 220 cluster groups, made up of over 2,500 persons, said the programme was to assist them in their various businesses.
She said government was committed to the well being of Deltans, particularly â€œthe ordinary person, the down trodden and those who are ready to engage themselves in one business or the other but do not having money to start off.â€
Ashiedu told them to work towards repaying the loan within 15 months so that others could also benefit from it and recalled that since December, 17, 2007, when the micro credit programme was flagged off by Governor Udughan, millions of naira had been committed to it.
She warned beneficiaries against diversion of the loan to other purposes other than that for which it was given.