By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HAR-COURT— Rivers State Government, yesterday, said it would soon engage in entrepreneurial skills, 22,000 repentant cultists who surrendered their arms in the state’s amnesty programme .
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, disclosed this in Port Harcourt while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike in the last two years.
Tam-George said: “We had, last year, granted amnesty to over 22, 000 youths and we are still working out elaborate vocation and entrepreneural support for them. There is a commitment to empower 22,000 people, who are mainly the repentant cultists who surrendered their arms. They will be trained in different entrepreneurial skills. We don’t want to give them cash but train them in different skills. Last year, we gave N2 billion entrepreneural loan to 35, 000 beneficiaries, 70 percent of them were women, and when we tracked them, we found that a lot of the beneficiaries are making good use of the money.”
to the development of themselves and the state.
The Commissioner revealed that the state government had released N500 million to support the private Healthcare institutions in the state and $4 million had been given out for the purchase of special health care equipments for the state owned Braithwaite Memorial Specialists Hospital, BMSH.
Tam-George said: “We have also seen that $4million has been released so far to buy special equipment, specialists’ gadgets for the Braithwaite Specialists Memorial Hospital.
This is also the first time we are getting this kind of extensive financial commitment in that sector. All together is about $6million but $4million already released. And those equipment that can be used for scanning of all kinds of medical conditions, now is expected from the US and across the country. Matters of health care delivery are things of recurrent concern. Presently, over 13 general hospitals now are simultaneously built and reconstructed across all parts of the state. And so what we use to access government commitment is the extent of financial and fiscal investment that is seen.”
Tam-George stated that the state government was in clear standing with the workers’ salaries, adding that the government was not owing workers or pensioners.