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Form co-op. to attract govt’s loan, Obiano’s wife advises Anambra women 



Wife of Anambra Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, has advised rural women engaged in petty trading and agriculture to form cooperatives to qualify for the state government’s loan scheme.

Obiano gave the advice on Friday during her tour of Ogidi, an ancient town in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

She said that the state government was giving out soft loan to citizens through Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA).

“The loan would be given to people who belong to cooperative societies. So I urge our women in the hinterlands, who are into agriculture and petty business, to join cooperatives.

“Forming cooperatives would enable you to have quick access to various loans being offered by Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration. It is your choice to enjoy the loan,” she said.

She said that the state government was putting finishing touches to a foreign agricultural grant, adding that 60 per cent of it would go to women in agriculture.

According to her, “It is only when women form recognised smaller bodies that they can put forward a successful loan application to ASBA.”

Obiano said that the present administration in the state was committed to building a movement that would give every citizen a sense of belonging.

A lawmaker, Mr Ifeanyi Chiekwue, representing Idemili North State Constituency in the state House of Assembly, urged the women to take the necessary steps to become eligible for the government’s facility.

Chiekwue commended the governor’s wife for her selfless service to the people, using her pet project, called Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE).

The governor’s wife said the tour of the 179 communities in the state was to enable her to have close interaction with the women during their annual August General Meeting.

Nigeria News Agency reports that she had so far visited communities in Orumba North, Orumba South, Awka South, Aguata, Anachoa, Onitsha North and South and Idemili North.

At Onitsha South Local Government Area, she laid the foundation stone for a three-storey building being constructed by the council.

Meanwhile, Chief Emeka Nnabugwu, an indigene of Ogidi, has commended the governor’s wife for her initiative toward making Anambra women more productive.

Nnabugwu therefore urged women in his community to key into her programme, saying “my wife learnt sewing and was empowered in 2018.”

Mrs Ifunanya Nweze, a petty trader, said that Obiano’s CAFE had touched the lives of many rural women, describing it as worthy of emulation. .