Delta lauds Heritage Bank over women empowerment

Delta State Government has commended the commitment of Heritage Bank Plc to the economic empowerment of vulnerable and poor women across the state.

The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by his wife, Dame Edith Okowa, at the 4th Phase of the Women Empowerment Skill Acquisition Programme in Asaba, Delta State, stated that the state Ministry of Women Affairs has empowered over 1,460 women across 25 local government areas from 2020 till date.

According to him, this included 325 beneficiaries who were equipped with tools  after intensive training to perfect their skills to lift them out of poverty and enhance their participation in the economy.

He said, “Empowering our womenfolk is an integral part of this administration’s economic policies, which prioritises the poor and vulnerable. Since we came on board in May 2015, we have undertaken several measures through the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development to lift our women out of poverty and enhance their participation in the economy.”

Speaking further, he also decried the marginalisation of women, especially in politics and the economic sector, while stating that women yet remain indispensable vehicles for creating wealth, boosting the economy, and building more stable families in their multiple roles as mothers and community leaders.

“I am confident that the 325 women that are being empowered today will make the state government proud and will bring good returns on investment,” Okowa asserted.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank Plc, Osepiribo Ben-Willie, commended Senator Okowa for being intentional about the empowerment of women by equipping them with different skills, and starter packs and boosting petty traders’ businesses with cash grants-thereby availing them the capacity to fend for their families welfare, contribute to the economic development of the State and ultimately improving their standard of living.

Represented by the bank’s Group Head, South-South, Charles Ojakovo, Ben-Willie confirmed that Heritage Bank has been in the vanguard of promoting financial literacy and inclusion, which informed their interaction with the beneficiaries of WESAP to equip them with appropriate skills in making the best of the scheme.

While encouraging the WESAP beneficiaries to put the seed into use to yield more investments, Ben-Willie promised that Heritage Bank would continue to lend support to causes that promote women’s empowerment, as this would impact positively on the country’s socio-economic development.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Flora Alatan, urged the 325 beneficiaries of WESAP not to misuse the opportunity availed to them by the state government to become better entrepreneurs to improve their livelihoods.

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