RSG sets up committee on micro-credit scheme

Aug 2006
Port Harcourt, Nigeria , August, 03 2006 - The Rivers State Government has approved establishment of a micro-credit finance implementation committee to ensure the workability of the micro-finance scheme of the state.

The nine-member committee headed by Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Tonye Harry, also has Mr Soboma Ajumogobia, a micro finance expert, representatives of NAPEP, Oceanic Bank, ministries of finance, commerce, youth affairs and information as members.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Commissioner for Information, Hon Magnus Abe, while briefing Government House correspondents shortly after the State Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt.

Abe explained that the committee, which will be inaugurated soon by the Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Oidli, would commence the process of implementing the scheme in the state and recalled that during its launching, the state government had announced the release of N500 million to kick-start the exercise.

He noted that at that forum, the minister of finance, the director-general of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and indeed major stakeholders in the finance family especially the technical partners Oceanic Bank also pledged some counterpart funding to the programme.

The information commissioner said the council equally deliberated on the Trans-Kalabari Road, which was another major initiative of the administration. He said the council directed the placement of advertisements in newspapers for tenders by interested contractors to bid for the project.

According to the commissioner, the road, which covers 46.7 kilometers excluding bridges that cover 2.3 kilometres cutting across several sections of the road, would be handled by different contractors at a cost of N8.8 billion to ensure early completion.

Similarly, he said, council considered on-going renovation work on hospitals in the state and set up a five-member council committee to inspect all hospitals that have so far been renovated and rehabilitated, stressing that out of the 35 general hospitals in the state, 25 of them have been successfully renovated.

The committee Abe said, will inspect and confirm the state of facilities in all the 25 general hospitals that have been completed and submit their reports at the next council meeting.

The committee is headed by the Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Miller Oforibika, with the Commissioner for Special Duties, Ms Emily Solomon as the vice chairman while their report will inform the council’s decision on the projects.

The commissioner explained that the state government was determined to complete the resurfacing of all major roads in Port Harcourt and its environs, and advised residents, especially those residing along Obi Wali and NTA roads to be patient as government has taken decisive action to rehabilitate all roads.

Meanwhile, Abe said council received the death of Hon Anthonia Membere, a member of the state House of Assembly, representing Akuku-Toru Constituency II, with shock, and observed a minute silence in her honour

Source : The Tide Online

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