Governor Diri to provide soft loans for women

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has urged women to form cooperative societies in a bid to boost the local economy.

To this end, the Governor said his administration will provide soft loans for women without stringent conditions to encourage them in owning businesses and strengthen the state’s economy.

Governor Diri speaking at this year’s Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area Annual Thanksgiving Day in Sampou, said the initiative was among several other empowerment schemes put in place by his administration to enable Bayelsans particularly women become self-reliant.

Governor Diri said the soft loan was in addition to the one hundred million naira monthly grant to small and medium scale entrepreneurs across the one hundred and five wards in the state.

According to him, other empowerment schemes of the government include ICT empowerment programme for eight thousand Bayelsa youths in the eight local government areas under the Diri Digital Entrepreneurship Empowerment Programme (D-DEEP).

Others are more than four youths already trained in integrated farming at the CSS Global Farms in Nasarawa State, presentation of start-up packs to three hundred and sixty-six youths trained under the Sustainable Development Goals programme as well as about two thousand people trained under the Douye Diri Skills Acquisition Programme.