By Azu Akanwa
THE Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG) has described the micro-finance award to Delta State governor at the CBNâ€™s annual Micro-finance and Micro-entrepre-neurship Award as an acknowledgement of a government with human face.
In a statement signed by Comrade Joseph Evah on behalf of IMG, the groupÂ argued that the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory administration, engaged in micro-finance schemes to assist the poor in the society but the zeal and painstaking effort of Delta State is outstanding.
According to IMG, â€œDelta State is lucky that the governor appointed the right person at the right time to manage the scheme. We know that there is still a lot of poverty around, but the effort of the woman-in-charge, Dr. Anthonia Ashiedu, pursuing the policy as a do-or-die affair to relieve the pains of the grassroots, gives us hope.â€
Meanwhile, the group has sent a condolence message to the family of Prof. Grace Alele-Williams over the death of her husband, Professor Babatunde Williams.
The group said:Â Â â€œWe sent our heartfelt condolence to our big sister to take heart; we thank her departed husband for giving her all the encouragement in life that she needed to honour our Niger Delta as the first woman vice-chancellor in Nigeria.
The beautiful life they both lived will inspire the younger generation and we beg God to give our mother the courage to bear the loss.
â€œWe wish the governor builds a befitting headquarters of the micro-finance scheme and name it after Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a world class finance guru and current Managing Director of the World Bank for placing Delta Stateâ€™s name in the history of the World Bank.
â€œWe are still waiting for Governor Uduaghan to name either Delta State University, Abraka; College of Education, Warri or State Hospital, Oghara after Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, the manner Governor Rotimi Amaechi named the State Hospital after Justice Karibi-Whyte (rtd), an Ijaw, while he is still alive.â€