The Bayelsa State Government has disbursed the sum of N20 million as loan to Epie/Atissa women.
The disbursement, which is part of the empowerment programme of the present administration, is in fulfilment of an earlier promise to the women.
While speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony held at the NUJ Press Centre in Yenagoa, Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha said the loan disbursement was in keeping with the present administration’s commitment to improving the lot of the citizenry and charged the women to invest the money wisely.
The Director General of the Micro-finance and Enterprise Development Agency, Mr. Ifiemi Ikpaikpai, who noted that there are other loan opportunities, urged the women to use the loans judiciously so that they can pay back and be eligible for more loans.
In his remarks, the Director General of the Bureau for Co-operative Development, Chief Joseph Alah told the women to adopt the co-operative model and pay back the loans as at when due so that other people can benefit too.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Monarch of Atissa clan, King Godwin Igodo, who is also the chairman of the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, commended the state governor for the loan given to the Epie/Atissa women and urged the women to utilise the loan properly and improve themselves and their families.
Responding on behalf of the women, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Empowerment in Yenagoa Local Government, Mrs. Grace Columbus thanked the governor for keeping to his promise to the women.
She said the loan will go a long way in improving the lives of the women and their various families.
Women from a total of 29 communities in Epie/Atissa benefitted from the loans, which is to administered by their co-operative societies.