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We Are Committed To War Against Poverty, Says Akeredolu

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In furtherance of his Administration’s efforts to leave the state better than he met it, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, (SAN) on Thursday restated his commitment to pursue programmes and initiatives aimed at alleviating poverty and providing employment for the people of the state.

Akeredolu, who spoke during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding and flag-off of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP4) at the Cocoa Conference of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, said the NDSP4 was an extension of the Micro Project Programme (MPP9) launched to further tackle poverty and provide infrastructural facility for the citizenry.

He said: “I am glad that 69 new projects will be constructed across three local government areas in the state, i.e Akoko North-West, Ilaje and Ondo East that have been chosen to benefit from the first phase of the NDSP4.

“In addition, some projects have also been identified in Owo, Irele, Ese-Odo, Ose and Ondo West local government areas as part of second phase of the programme.

“The overall objective of the programme is to reduce poverty in the Niger Delta through promotion of participatory and gender sensitive programmes.

“This involves providing infrastructural facilities, income generating opportunities, sustainable livelihood options, community empowerment and micro-project funding.”

The Governor added that his Administration had already keyed into various schemes initiated by the Federal Government to combat poverty and restiveness in the State.

Akeredolu listed such schemes to include the Federal Government’s N-power programme, which had provided jobs for unemployed youths and the school feeding programme targeted at promoting sound health among the schoolchildren.

“By this arrangement, we look forward to increased enrolment in our public schools,” the governor said.

He added that his administration was committed to providing rural access roads to farmers through the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMPs) to enhance the movement of farm produce to markets in the city centres.

Photo credit- Olawale Abolade

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