The Bayelsa State Government, on Wednesday disclosed it would soon publish the comprehensive list of the beneficiaries of its monthly N200,000 Economic Empowerment Scheme for women and youths in the state.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the disclosure at a meeting with the Douye/Law Continuity Mandate Initiative (DLCMI) in Government House, Yenagoa, saying the present administration had done a lot in the area of empowerment through different programmes.
He pointed out that the publication of the names of the beneficiaries became necessary in order to correct some misconceptions about the initiative.
He further explained that such a publication would promote accountability and transparency about the programmes, including the Diri Digital Entrepreneurial Empowerment Programme (D-DEEP) geared towards supporting indigenous women and youths to grow their businesses.
Ewhrudjakpo, who was specifically responding to a remark that women in the rural areas were not being carried along in the scheme of things, said four women and youths were selected from each of the 105 wards of the state for the economic stimulus scheme monthly.
He noted that the Gov. Douye Diri-led Prosperity Administration had positively touched the lives of so many women, adding that going forward, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Empowerment, and Social Development would publish the names of the beneficiaries according to their respective Local Government Areas (LGAs).
His words: “Even though we don’t like parroting about our achievements as a government, let me just correct an impression. We are actually doing a lot for women in this state.
“This government empowers 4 persons (women and youths) in each ward every month with a minimum of N200,000. If you multiply that amount by the 105 wards we have, you will know what government is spending on this purpose every month.
“And they are not the same people. We give to new beneficiaries every month. You see, the problem with Bayelsa is that most Bayelsans are greatly ungrateful.
“This is a state where people even hide their appointments. That is why those who have benefited from this economic empowerment programme, hide it because they don’t want people to know.
“They will even complain or cry more than those who have not benefited. So, we are going to publish the names of those who have benefited, local government by local government, for the world to know,” he said.
Earlier, in his written address, the Coordinator of the Douye/Law Continuity Mandate Initiative, Mr Austin Okpeh, said the group was throwing its full weight behind the second-term bid of the Governor and his Deputy, because of their impressive performance.
While commending the Prosperity Administration for its laudable developmental strides so far, Mr Okpeh appealed to the Governor not to leave them out in the scheme of things.
In another development, Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave a pass mark to the Tari-Ere Ogbo of Bayelsa State, for diligently spreading its membership umbrella to cover all the eight LGAs of the state.
He made the commendation while addressing members of the group at a meeting with them in Government House.
Ewhrudjakpo emphasized that women were a force to reckon with in terms of social mobilization, and therefore would be carried along in the present administration’s scheme of things at all times.
In their separate remarks, the President of the Tari-Ere Ogbo of Bayelsa State, Mrs. Beatrice Yongesi, and the Political Coordinator, Mrs. Ngozi Ndiomu, applauded the Diri-led Government for its visionary leadership, legacy projects, and the appointment of non-indigenes that contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.
They affirmed the association’s resolve to work for the re-election of Gov. Diri, and his deputy, and appealed for support towards their building project in Yenagoa, the state capital. (NAN)