Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has urged women and youths in Delta State to key into the State Micro Credit Scheme for a better future.
Uduaghan gave this advice after receiving the Global Sister Cities International Award in Ghana, in recognition of his invaluable contributions in the uplifement and empowerment of women and youths through the instrumentality of the Delta Micro Credit Programme.
He said in administering the programme, the state government took into cognizance the fact that women are better managers of resources, hence the empirical evidence that they understood the Scheme better than men.
Represented by his Executive Assistant on Micro Credit, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, Uduaghan cited examples of Asia countries where microcredit schemes have transformed the economy.
He expressed happiness that those who embraced the Delta Micro Credit Scheme have utilized the loan to better themselves and their families.
Uduaghan, who described women and youths as agents of change, assured them of the state government’s determination to recreate the middle class in the society.
The Chairman, Organizing Committee for Africa Sister Cities International Award, Dr. Abduljhaull Tafawa Balewa, said the choice of Delta State became imperative, following the huge impact the state government has made in eradicating poverty through the Delta Micro Credit Scheme.
He said â€œDelta State is a good example and Delta Micro Credit Programme is very broad and is helping people in the rural communities to grow.â€
Dr. Balewa, son of late Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, first Prime Minister of Nigeria, said the Africa Global Sister Cities International will continue to encourage state governments to embark on projects that will impact directly on the grassroot people.
Also lauding Uduaghan, President, Uplifting Women Through Farming, Mrs. Afoma Adigwe, said the Sister Cities International Award, coming at a time like this, is an indication of the immense impact and recognition the Delta Micro Scheme has gained globally.
Meanwhile, President, Africa Global Sister Cities, Prince Kwame Kludzeson, has appealed to African countries to take the issue of poverty alleviation programme very serious.
He said the gap between the rich and poor can be brigded if government at all levels execute projects and programmes dear to the hearts of the people.
He disclosed that $7.5m grant has been secured from the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation for the Sister City African Urban Poverty Alleviation Programme.
Kludzeson adviced state governments to explore what he describes â€œas successful networkingâ€ in order to effectively tackle challenges posed by poverty in our society.