Group em­pow­ers Edo women, ad­vises on il­le­gal mi­gra­tion

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - From Alemma-ozioruva Aliu, Benin City

AGROUP, Edo Women De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive (EWDI), has called on moth­ers and lead­ers to mean­ing­fully en­gage their fe­male chil­dren in pro­duc­tive ven­tures to curb hu­man traf­fick­ing. Chair­man of the group, Dr. (Mrs.) Ros­aline Oko­sun said this when the group gave soft loans of N10,000 to N20,000 to St Saviour’s Women Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety un­der its mi­cro-credit loan to 35 ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Rep­re­sented by the trea­surer of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Stella Ojeme, Oko­sun said the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were trained for three months and the loan would be re­payable af­ter three months of mora­to­rium with a re­pay­ment du­ra­tion of six months at five per cent in­ter­est rate.

Speak­ing on il­le­gal mi­gra- tion, she said EWDI have been part­ner­ing with the Task Force on Hu­man Traf­fick­ing to curb the trend. “We have had three groups of re­turnees and coun­selled them that they could re­main in this coun­try and pros­per.

We told them they didn’t have to go out­side the coun­try and we are sup­port­ing the state gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tive with train­ing. Chair­man of the co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­ety, Sun­day Uhun­mwangho, thanked the group for the ges­ture, and promised women would ju­di­ciously use the loan.

DEACONESS Atim David Joshua Etuk , mother of Ubong David Etuk, one­time Senior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Gover­nor on Project in Akwa Ibom State, who died re­cently at the age of 70, will be buried on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 6, af­ter a funeral ser­vice to be con­ducted by Qua Iboe Church , Obon­tong, Nsit Ibom Lo­cal Coun­cil of Akwa Ibom State at 10.00a.m. She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Chief David Joshua Etuk and chil­dren.

PHOTO: BRIGHT AZUH

One of the bad spots lead­ing to the mar­ket

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