Ebonyi governor’s wife unveils pet project.

The Wife of the Ebonyi State governor, Mrs Rachel Umahi has launched her pet project code-named “Succour and Upliftment programme” aimed at uplifting the downtrodden in the state.

The pet project has four thematic areas bordering on health, education, economic empowerment for women and youths, as well as women liberation.

Mrs Umahi, unveiling the pet project at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, said that the programme was aimed at achieving an effective and efficient primary healthcare delivery, adding that the programme would achieve 100 per cent education in the state.

She said that the pet project would sustain economic empowerment and job creation for women and youths through entrepreneurship and agriculture to put food on the tables of their families, as well as address the problem of poverty.

“In the area of women liberation, the family succour and upliftment programme intends to liberate Ebonyi women from all vices against the female folk and ensure the upliftment and enhancement of their general living status. Economic empowerment is a solution to poverty, and this informed my determination to improve upon the family income of our people through entrepreneurship and job creation for our women and youths,” she said.

Mrs Umahi said that the pet project was designed as a business outfit managed profitably to yield revenue to the state government through skills in palm oil processing and palm kernel oil extraction, shoe-making, hair dressing, fabric weaving/weaving of cardigans, fish farm, soap making, IT-software development and system maintenance for youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development training.

“In the course of my commencing the establishment of the family succour and upliftment programme and to drive home my resolve to improve upon the socio-economic status of Ebonyi women and youths, I embarked upon advocacy visits to several agencies and organizations, including the UN Economic group led by UN women and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Society for Family Health for their support and partnership for the successful actualization of my programmes on effective development of Ebonyi women, youths and children,” she said.

“I, therefore, call on well-meaning individuals, corporate organizations and other agencies for their logistics and other forms of support for the centre, to enable it realize its objectives of enhancing the socio-economic status of our women, children and youths,” the first lady said.

She also stated that statistics have shown that most of the social malaises prevalent in the society were as a result of poor or inadequate healthcare, school drop-out syndrome, delinquency among youths, waywardness among the girl child, such as prostitution and other anti-social behaviours.

“The economic empowerment is a solution to poverty, and this informed my determination to improve upon the family income of our people through entrepreneurship and job creation for our women and youths. The major activities of the centre includes training, retraining and capacity building as well as micro credit programme of the state government, it will provide graduates of the centre with micro-credit to establish their own enterprises. Plans are underway to link the centre with other micro credit programmes outside the ones provided by the state government, such as the Central Bank.

“I must also appreciate all those who contributed in various ways towards the successful actualization of the family succour and upliftment programme, friends of Ebonyi State and all who have identified with this programme for their kind support, and assure you that we in the family succour and upliftment programme will strive to ensure that the programme achieves the desired result for the overall development of Ebonyi women, youths and children,” Mrs Umahi said.

In his speech at the event, Governor Dave Umahi said that his wife knew how to give to the less privilege and promised to support her pet project in order to empower women and children of the state.

“I want to pledge my commitment and support to the project. My administration will not neglect the women and children welfare and healthcare. We will give you support, my administration will give you every support,” he promised.

The representatives of International Fund for Development (IFAD) and UNIDO, Atsuko Toda; UNICEF, Dr. Nzuki; Society for Family Health, Sir Bright Ekweremadu; UN and ECOWAS, Dr Desmond Osemahia, pledged their supports for the programme.

They were optimistic that the first lady’s pet project would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of women and children, promising to partner with the wife of the governor for the period.

The international agencies, however, called on the legislature and other stakeholders to support Mrs Umahi to actualize her aim of uplighting the women and children of the state.

The wife of the governor donated Agricultural support materials such as fertilizers and herbicides and other farming inputs to widows and youths of the state through the support of IFAD project.

Source: http://sunnewsonline.com/new/ebonyi-governors-wife-unveils-pet-project/