By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has enjoined the beneficiaries of the “Oko wo Dapo” initiative not to see the empowerment program as their own share of the national cake, but see it as an avenue for economic empowerment through which they would be gainfully employed, improve their productivity, increase their income level and also become employers of labour.
Prince Dapo Abiodun who made this known at the launching of the “Oko wo Dapo”, an empowerment program for women, held at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta, said that the sustainability of the program is a bilateral responsibility, adding that government has played its own part by providing the funding, urging the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that the funds were utilized for the purpose it was meant for.
He said that his administration is irrevocably committed to providing a focused and qualitative governance that will create an enabling environment for Public-Private Sector Partnership (PPP) which he said is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity for the people of the State, adding that more are still coming to cover all the different social strata and sectors of the State economy.
Abiodun added that it was the demonstration of the commitment of his government to make life more meaningful for the people that will encourage the private sector to partner with the state, calling on the private sector to partner with the state government in its Building our Future Together Agenda.
In her remarks, the Deputy Governor, Engr Noimot Salako Oyedele charged the beneficiaries who are yet to receive their loan to be patient, as the delay could have being as a result of their information not tallying with bank details, adding that the loan is not a dash, but a loan if well harnessed could increase.
Earlier, the first lady, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun noted that the empowerment program seeks to promote small businesses, adding that two thousand women would be empowered.