By Carol Utulu, Ogwashi-Uku (Delta).
The governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, says that he will engage banks to fund women empowerment programmes in Delta State, if elected its governor.
Omo-Agege, who is currently the Deputy Senate President, made the promise on Wednesday, while addressing the APC governorship campaign rally in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta.
He said that his administration would ensure that women, who underwent various skills acquisition programmes of the state, were assisted to start their own small businesses.
“Majority of our women learnt various skills acquisition, but they have remained poor and helpless because what they get is a paltry sum of N10,000 or N20,000 from the government after their training.
“I want to ask, what will that amount do for them? If you want to assist people, you help them build their businesses, so that they can help other people.
“Let me state here that if elected governor in 2023, my administration would engage banks to fund these women development initiatives.
“The banks would provide funds to enable these women build whatever skills or trades they have learnt, while my government will guarantee the deal for them,” he said.
According to him, the banks would help the women become small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs and, in turn, generate employment for others.
The APC candidate also said that his government would provide the enabling environment for investments and encourage private investors to come into the state and do business.
He used the medium to announce to the people of Aniocha South that the APC-led Federal Government have just completed the Ogwashi Dam, a project whose construction had lasted over past 10 years.
“Let me announce to you that the APC Federal Government has completed the Ogwashi-Uku Dam. You call all go and verify this.
“Let me also make a promise here that if elected governor, I will install two turbines each in Aniocha South and North to generate electricity from the dam for the good of our people.
“This is more than just a promise. It is what we will do when elected because we know the perennial electricity problems that the people of the area have faced over the years,” Omo-Agege said.
The APC governorship candidate was accompanied to the rally by his running-mate, Mr Friday Osanebi, a former Deputy Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly.
Other dignitaries at the rally include the Director-General of the APC Governorship Campaign Council, Chief Godsday Orubebe, a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and the State chairman of APC, Chief Omeni Sobotie.