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Ijaw hail Uduaghan on award, mourn Williams

By Azu Akanwa
THE Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG) has described the micro-finance award to Delta State governor at the CBN’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 group  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, “Delta 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.”

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:   “We 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.

“We 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 State’s name in the history of the World Bank.

“We 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.”


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