By Eseoghene Emuke
The Delta State Government has distributed another N2.5 million to one hundred indigent women to boost small businesses in five local government areas in the state.
The beneficiaries were drawn from Warri South, Warri North, Warri South-West, Udu and Uvwie Council areas of the state.
Each of the beneficiaries received N25,000 as part measures by the government to cushion the effect on the COVID-19 pandemic among indigent women in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Flora Alanta, presented the cash gifts to the beneficiaries on Wednesday at Governor’s Office (Annex) in Edjeba, Warri.
Mrs. Alanta said the gesture was from the state governor particularly to boost their businesses following the hardship caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease in the state.
The commissioner, while presenting the cash donations told the women that the state Governor Dr ifeanyi Okowa approved the fund for 600 women across the three senatorial districts as palliative to indigent women and petty traders in the state.
She noted that the money was not a loan but the state government’s support to help uplift their business.
She charged the women to make judicious use of the money to better their lot and enjoined those yet to benefit to wait , stressing that all Deltans will benefit from Governor Okowa’s prosperity agenda .
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Oghenekevwe Agas also advised the women to invest the money in their businesses.
She said indigent women in ughelli South, Ughelli North patani amongst other local Government areas will get their turns subsequently.
Some of the beneficiaries thanked the state Governor Dr ifeanyi Okowa for the gesture and pledged to make good use of the money.
They also commended the commissioner, Mrs. Alanta for her continued support to indigent women in the state and pledged to invest the money in their businesses.