Do not consider the empowerment programme, “Oko wo Dapo” to be your share of the national cake, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has enjoined beneficiaries.
He said rather, it should be seen as as an avenue for economic empowerment through which they would be gainfully employed, improve their productivity, increase their income level and also become employers of labour.
The governor who gave the warning at the launching of the “Oko wo Dapo”, an empowerment programme for women, held at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta, said that the sustainability of the programme was a bilateral responsibility.
He added that government had played its own part by providing the funding, and urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that the funds were utilized for the purpose it was meant for.
He said that his administration was irrevocably committed to providing a focused and qualitative governance that would create an enabling environment for Public-Private Sector Partnership (PPP) which he said was fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity for the people of the state.
He added that more were still coming to cover all the different social strata and sectors of the state economy.
Abiodun added that it was the demonstration of the commitment of his government to make life more meaningful for the people that would encourage the private sector to partner with the state.
He called on the private sector to partner with the state government in its Building our Future Together Agenda .
In her remarks, the deputy governor, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele, charged the beneficiaries who are yet to receive their loan to be patient, as the delay could have been as a result of their information not tallying with bank details.
She added that the money was not a national cake.
She said if well harnessed could increase.
Earlier, the First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, noted that the empowerment programme sought to promote small businesses, adding that two thousand women would be empowered.