KEEPING A PROMISE TO WOMEN: Ogbeide Ihama’s empowerment to 1000 Oredo Women



The Federal Lawmaker representing Oredo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly   ,Hon Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama has shown his preparedness in quality representation to his constituents.

His major thrust of his policies centers in populist oriented program-mes ,

In the course of his campaign to be elected to the House of Representatives, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama had promised to make the empowerment of women in his constituency a priority. In fulfilment of this promise, in August 2016, out of about ten thousand women registered for the empowerment programme, he gathered together at the Bishop Kelly Pastoral Center, Benin City, a thousand women drawn from all the wards that make up Oredo Federal Constituency, and gave each of them a grant of ten thousand naira towards assisting their small scale businesses. These one thousand women were selected as the first batch of the continuous exercise.

The joy of the women knew no bounds. They showered encomiums on Hon. Ogbeide-Ihama for remembering his promise and keeping it. They also lauded the innovative and transparent manner in which the programme was organized.

Remarkably, a bank account was opened for each recipient with the sum of ten thousand naira as initial deposit. According to the federal lawmaker, he saw the programme as an opportunity to encourage them to cultivate modern banking habits and thus encourage the saving culture among the women, most of who are petty traders. Nevertheless, for easy access to their accounts, they were given branded ATM cards at no extra cost.

Ogbeide-Ihama’s passion about the empowerment of women stems from his belief that women are the bedrock of the society and that strengthening their capacity brings about rapid development and stability to the society.

Culled From #Oredoisworking Magazine

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