By Ike Uchechukwu
CALABAR—Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has set aside N500 million as loans to assist local government workers who wish to go into farming, saying his government will work with officials of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, to facilitate access to the loan.
Ayade made the pledge in Calabar after he was presented with the “Award of Excellent Performance in Governance,” by the national President of NULGE, Mr Ibrahim Khaleel, in his office yesterday.
The governor, who said the loan was interest-free, added: “For the local government workers who want to go into farming, I have set aside N500 million as interest free loan to ensure that your stay in the council is not in vain. I will work with your union leaders to ensure that any serious person accesses the money.”
Earlier, the national president of NULGE, Mr Khaleel told the governor that he was in the state to join his colleagues to appeal to the governor to contest the 2019 election, noting that the award was presented to him over his concern for the local government workers.