Governor Diri empowers entrepreneurs with hundreds of million grant.

Governor Douye Diri has presented a grant of two hundred million naira to eight hundred and forty beneficiaries under the government’s Women and Youth Empowerment Programme for Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (SMEs).

The grant was presented to four beneficiaries each from the one hundred and five political wards across the eight local government areas of the state for January and February this year.

Addressing the beneficiaries at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, Governor Diri said it is part of the administration’s initiative to spur micro businesses and economic growth with each beneficiary getting two hundred thousand naira.

The Governor who said the SMEs’ programme is one of series of empowerment schemes designed for Bayelsans doing business; is running for eleven months has empowered two thousand, three hundred and ten women and youths.

He also directed that an additional one million naira be given to a beneficiary, Nyanayo Inara, who was shot on the leg during the Peoples Democratic Party twenty-nineteen governorship campaign in Nembe.

According to Governor Diri, while his administration is putting in place critical infrastructure, it is pertinent to also build the manpower base of the state to stimulate the local economy.

He stressed that the initiative is also targeted at changing the mindset of Bayelsans towards doing business and becoming self-reliant.

The Bayelsa helmsman said an economic summit would soon be held to chart a road map towards economic prosperity in the state.

In an opening remark, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Faith Opene, said over two thousand Bayelsans have been empowered through the initiative running for about a year on monthly basis.

In their separate testimonies, representatives of beneficiaries from the local government areas, Youpele Seimokumo, Ebiye Yalla,  Omasirmo James and Blessing Oyinbunugha thanked Governor Diri for the initiative which has boosted and  transformed their businesses.

Other beneficiaries, Mercy Ekeou, Oduma Iti, Rosa Girra and Nyanayo Inara also said the grant has expanded their businesses and pay off their wards’ school fees as well as other issues affecting them.