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Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2013

Police Officers’ Wives Benefit from Delta State Micro Credit Programme

Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ikechukwu Aduba

LAGOS MAY 16TH(URHOBOTODAY) Wives of policemen in Delta State, on Tuesday, in Asaba, went home rejoicing after they were armed with certificates that would enable them to obtain non-interest micro credit loan from Goldmine Micro Finance Bank, courtesy of the Delta State Micro Credit Programme (DMCP).
The award of certificates, anchored by the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr Antonia Ashiedu, was held on the premises of the ministry in Asaba with the presence of dignitaries such as wife of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mrs Chizor Adubi.

The women, who bombarded the venue with wares that they sell amid fanfare, are members of Police Officers’ Wives Association of Nigeria (POWAN) and Police Wives Association.
According to Dr Ashiedu, the women were grouped into seven, each of which were10 persons and that the certificate will enable each of the groups to enjoy at least N400,000 for a start, adding that the money would build their small businesses into macro ones thereby improving their economic status.
She stated that each group would be required to begin to pay back the non-interest loan after three months of disbursement, noting that by then, their businesses would have gathered momentum.
The commissioner, popularly called Mama Delta, said that with the harsh condition the women’s husband’s work coupled with poor economic struggles at home for the women and children to bear, the state had to accede to assisting them as the programme is does not discriminate.
“If we want to talk of people to help in our country, I think it should be people in charge of our safety. The police are doing a great job in this country.
In every nook an cranny of Nigeria, you will see a policeman and they work under very harsh situation. Their wives they left at home are managing the homes for them. We should be able to encourage them in whatever way we can. What we have done today is that this programme is non-discriminatory,” Dr Ashiedu noted.
Wife of the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Chizor Aduba, who was said to be the first ever CP’s wife to seek help for the police women associations, stated that she was overwhelmed with joy over the success of her request.
According to her, she had initially taken the programme with a pinch of salt, but was proved wrong when she got to the ministry and saw what was on ground for them.
While imploring the ministry to extend the programme to wives of other policemen in other parts of the state, Mrs Aduba expressed her heartfelt thanks to the state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for remembering them.
“I’m overwhelmed. I never knew it was going to be a great occasion of this magnitude. I initially took it lightly. I’m overwhelmed that our associations are partaking from loans by DMCP. We thank you for remembering us. I want to still beg for more for some of our women who are not yet aware of what is going on. I wish our colleagues at Warri, Ugheli, Sapele and other parts of the state will be given the same opportunity like us in Asaba,” she noted.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Blessing Aregbe, who is the Financial Secretary of POWAN, thanked God and the state government for the privileged, promising the money so disbursed will be judiciously utilized for the purpose.

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