By Suoyo Ekubo
The Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has expressed regrets that the APC- led Federal Government that promised to take Nigerians out of poverty has turned Nigeria into the poverty capital of the world.
Owupele Benebo, head of press to the office of the deputy governor said this in a statement.
Dr. Banigo gave the expression during the exhibition and sale of merchandise produced by beneficiaries of her at the Degema Local Government Council Secretariat, on Friday, 8th April 2022.
“They told us that one dollar will be equivalent to one naira, today because the economy is so battered all our professionals are leaving in droves, people are crying for security from the North East, North Central, North West, everywhere. Rivers State is the safest State to live and do business now in this Country, and that is because we have a leader in the person of Governor Wike”, Dr Banigo said.
According to the Deputy Governor, Governor Wike has enabled the Ease of Doing Business in Rivers State, noting that by the prudent management of resources, he has opened up modern roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, and tourist areas for businesses to thrive
The Deputy Governor who expressed delight with the success achieved by the beneficiaries of her free skills acquisition programme said, “I am very pleased to unveil this entrepreneurial products exhibition and auction. I am very proud of what you have done and I will continue to support you”.
While stressing the fact, that small-scale enterprises build up the economy everywhere in the world including the German economy, she disclosed that more investments were coming into the State.
“Today is a very remarkable day for us because, with this type of enterprise you will see, as many of you have testified that you have been lifted from one level to another, and this is how we make sure that our youths and young adults find purpose in life, employ other people and unemployment will keep reducing in Rivers State”.
Meanwhile, In his remarks, the Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams who said the Skills Acquisition Programme was very vast, commended the Deputy Governor, for her vision to empower the youths with skills to make them economically self-reliant.
Earlier the coordinator of the Programme Pastor Joseph Pettigrew, who lauded the Deputy Governor for her kind gesture implored the participants to make good use of the skills they acquired during the training to better their lot.
Speaking on behalf of other participants, Bright Johnson and Nimi Ambassador, expressed gratitude to the Almighty God and the Deputy Governor for the support given to them to acquire the skills, adding that it has improved their standard of living.
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Right), flanked by the Chairman, Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams (2nd Right), and others during the Exhibition/Sale of Shoes made by the beneficiaries of her Excellency’s Skills Acquisition Program in Degema LGA.