The Rivers State Government through the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) in collaboration with the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) has presented brand new taxi cabs to nine physically challenged Rivers indigenes.
The wife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi who commissioned the programme at the premises of the RSSDA secretariat in Port Harcourt said that the programme is in line with the vision of the state governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to create a pool of entrepreneurs in the state.
The wife of the governor, who spoke through the commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mr. Joe Poroma noted that the success of the programme depends on the beneficiaries and urged them to see the opportunity as a way out of poverty.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the executive director/chief executive officer of RSSDA, Mr Noble Pepple agency’s support for the programme because according to him, it will enable the beneficiaries to transform into small and medium scale entrepreneurs adding that the scheme would encourage them to be taxi enterprenurs. He expressed the hope that the opportunity created by the programme will help them to become more useful to themselves and society.
In his speech, one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Pius Baribuma thanked the state government and the RSSDA for the gesture.
Other beneficiaries are Mr. Timothy Etega, Miss Helen Igoni Princewill and Mr. Ijeh Christopher Odili.
The rest are” Bonny Michael, Shedrack Barigere, Moses Gonsin, Omu Macauley and Andrew Somiari.