Federal Government has distributed 150 tricycles to youths and women in Calabar, Cross River State. This is in line with its mission of improving the economic and social wellbeing of Niger Deltans.
The initiative aimed, at improving the ease of transportation and enhancing economic activities in the State, which is one of many put in place by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the standard of living of the people in the Niger Delta region.
This was disclosed in Calabar, Cross River State, by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, at the distribution of the tricycles where he revealed that the programme was aimed at improving the lives of the vulnerable in the society, the physically challenged, widows, and orphans, who are, most times, financially handicapped.
The Minister, who was represented by Mrs Lauretta Braide, Director of Community Development and Education Department of the Ministry. He said the event was the first phase of the scheme was limited to three Local Government Areas of the Southern Senatorial District of the State. She also said that other parts of the State and other states of the region would benefit from subsequent phases of the empowerment programme as soon as the implementation of the 2018 budget commences.
He expressed hope that the initiative would lead to improved peace and development of Cross River State and other states in the Niger Delta region. He said that the scheme was complementary to the commendable efforts of the State Government to create employment opportunities for its populace.
Usani advised the beneficiaries against selling their tricycles as this would defeat the essence of the scheme, rather, they should be put to good economic use for their benefits, their families and the society.
In his remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Aminu Aliyu BIsalla, represented by Dr. Sam Eno, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics congratulated the beneficiaries for getting selected to gain from the scheme and urged them to put the tricycles to good use.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Florence Akonjom Ayip, thanked the Federal Government for “thinking of such a brilliant initiative”.
Mrs. Ayip said that as a widow it had been financially tasking to take care of her children and other responsibilities, expressed confidence that the tricycle would help in ameliorating her difficulties. Mrs Ekanem Henshaw, another beneficiary commended the Federal Government for making the scheme gender sensitive, promising that her tricycle would be judiciously used to improve her financial status.
Mr. Richard Etim Edet, a youth beneficiary said that been selected, as one of the beneficiaries was a big relief, as he would no longer wonder to earn a living.
11th September 2018.