FG exempts South-east states from loans

The federal govern­ment has started its economic empow­erment and pover­ty alleviation programme

– The government started by disbursing loans to 23,400 beneficiaries in 13 states in the country

– No state in the South-east was picked

The federal govern­ment has started its economic empow­erment and pover­ty alleviation programme.

FG exempts South-east states from loans

President Buhari’s 2017 budget made provisions for empowerment schemes

The government started by disbursing loans to 23,400 beneficiaries in 13 states in the country in an annoucement made on Monday, January 30.

According to The Authority, none of the beneficiaries came from any of the five states in the South-east geopolitical zone.

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According to the report, this is not the first time the region is missing in the development and economic packages unveiled by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

When the government unveiled a $29.96 billion foreign loan for the provision of infrastructure across the coun­try, none of the projects to be executed with the loan was lo­cated in the region.

Similarly, when the gov­ernment recently paid N5,000 monthly stipends to some poor Nigerians under its Social Inter­vention Scheme, all the states in the South-east were excluded.

The current loans are be­ing disbursed through the Fed­eral Government’s Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

The Presidency, which an­nounced this on Monday, list­ed the benefitting states as Ad­amawa, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Lagos, Osun and Ogun. Others are Oyo, Ondo, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

No reason was given for the omission of states in the South-east from the scheme.

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Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said nobody from the south-eastern part of Nigeria can become the president the country without the support of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Okorocha urged Igbos to support President Buhari for eight years saying it was time for Ndi-Igbo to come and work together.

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