BY DOROTHY NNACHI in Umuahia
Wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, has explained that her motive for building markets across rural communities in the state was to enhance commercial activities, improve the income of rural families and boost the economy of the state.
Mrs Ikpeazu made this known during the inauguration of a new market built through her Non-Governmental Organisation, the Vicar Hope Foundation Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area.
She used the occasion to also distribute gift items, including clothing, cash and equipment worth millions of naira to indigent women to assist the beneficiaries to start up micro-scale businesses.
Mrs. Ikpeazu said the programmes carried out by her NGO was extended to all classes of people, adding that the newly inaugurated market brings to 10, the number of markets her NGO has built across the state.
According to her, the markets were designed to provide a commercial hub for rural farmers and traders to do business in conducive and rewarding environments, noting that it has enhanced economic activities within the communities where these markets are sited.
She recalled that recently, her NGO inaugurated and equipped 50 trainees who had graduated from its Springboard Skill Acquisition programme being run in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment. So far, 400 people in rural communities have benefitted from this training; and thanked stakeholders for being part of the success story.
In their separate comments, Chairman of the occasion and Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku, and Chairman of Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Chief Ifeanyi Isikaku, both eulogised Mrs Ikpeazu and her Vicar Hope Foundation for building the market and empowering hundreds of women.
They assured her of the support of the people of the area towards her programmes and the second term bid of her husband, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
A representative of the women, Mrs. Gold Agu, praised the wife of the Governor for her magnanimity towards womenfolk.