7 January 2014

Nigeria: 'Delta to Sustain Its Micro-Credit Programme'

The Delta Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr Antonia Ashiedu, has assured the people of the state of government's determination to sustain its micro-credit programme. Ashiedu gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Asaba.

She said that the state government has put modalities in place to guarantee the sustainability of the programme, aimed at achieving the "Delta Beyond Oil" initiative of the current administration. The commissioner also said that elaborate plans were made to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far on the Delta Micro-Credit Programme (DMCP) in 2014.

She said: "Some of such modalities include strict adherence to the blue print establishing the programme six years ago. "I can tell you, if we follow the road map of the programme, it will eventually transform Delta into an industrialised state."

The commissioner recalled that 111,312 persons have benefited from the programme since its inception in 2007. She said that the DMCP had impacted positively on the lives of beneficiaries, adding that the impact had encouraged more people to embrace it.

Ashiedu also said that the project had received national and international recognition as majority of the beneficiaries had moved from engaging in small-scale businesses to establishing cottage industries. "It is amazing to see what the people can do with fabrics, leather and even chemicals to produce detergent; those in agriculture are making waves too," she said. (NAN)

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