Ominimini empowers women; commissions water project in Orogun
By Jon Egie
The Commissioner representing Ughelli North/ Ethiope East in the board of DESOPADEC, Chief Obiuwevbi Ominimini has empowered 33 women with the sum of N50,000 each to start their own small scale business.
Speaking during the event held at the residence of the Commissioner,Thursday, June 4, Ominimini said there are certain persons who have academic qualifications for appointment into government offices while there are others who have the boldness to contest elections. Yet, there is a third category of those who are not in government but ensure that those in government were put in government by exercising their franchise. This group of people, he said, need support and “what I have just done is giving micro credit to 33 women from different places in Ughelli to support the Uduaghan administration.
“I do not believe that one should be a billionaire before one can help the people and that is why I respect Dr Uduaghan because he has love for the poor.”
Ominimini said consultation with the beneficiaries revealed that they needed a minimum of N20,000 to start their business but he decided to raise the empowerment to N50,000 for a solid take-off for them.
“This is the first phase and the next batch shall be for men who are in dire need, such that have the wisdom, experience and academic expertise to do business but they have no money. Today, the banks do not give money without collateral; the only person who gives money without collateral is Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan and this is Dr Uduaghuan’s money in action”
He advised the women to put the money to judicious use so that the objective of the empowerment exercise can be fulfilled.
“If you do not have anything doing try and create a trade. Instead of eating this money use the money as capital for your business” he advised.
Also speaking, Hon Kenny Okolugbo representing the Ndokwa ethnic nationalities in the board of DESOPADEC informed that most of the projects executed and enjoyed by the people are as a result of the efforts of Ominimini at the board which graciously approves them.
He gave credits to Governor Uduaghan for appointing Ominimini to the board, an action that provided opportunity for the empowerment event and many more of such gesture.
He solicited for prayers from the women to keep Ominimini in position so that the gesture can be sustained.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms Ese Nana expressed gratitude to Ominimini and urged the women to invest the money wisely to secure future gains.
Later, Ominimini commissioned a solar energy powered water project with a capacity 30,000 cubic litre executed by DESOPADEC for the use of the people of Ovara-Umusu in Orogun,