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Uduaghan urges traditional rulers to monitor SURE-P projects

By on May 27, 2013

DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, weekend, called on traditional rulers in the state to assist in monitoring projects on-going in their domains with the Federal Government’s Subsidy, Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P funds, adding that he would personally ensure that people at the grassroots benefit immensely from the N1.6 billion already released to the 25 local government areas in the state as their share of the SURE-P initiative.

Speaking at a Town Hall meeting with stakeholders and traditional rulers in Asaba, the governor, who was represented by the  Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, said that the SURE-P initiative was an addition to the state projects and programmes, which were put in place to ensure that the down trodden, women and youths in the rural communities benefit from the initiative.

Said he: “I implore our royal fathers, who are the custodians of our customs and culture, to help in monitoring projects that are being executed under the SURE-P initiative as Mr. President, with all good intentions, has put up the initiative, so that people at the rural level will not be neglected.

“Here in Delta State, we have put up many projects and programmes to ensure that the down trodden, women and youths in the rural and riverine communities are not left out of the benefits and dividends of democracy. So, everything will be done to ensure the success of this initiative.”

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, told the gathering that the SURE-P initiative was designed to transfer part of the wealth saved from oil subsidy to the provision of employment opportunities for women, youths and people with disabilities in the various communities.

Speaking on behalf of the royal fathers, the Ovie of Uwvie Kingdom, Abe I, said that the royal fathers should be carried along and be well informed on the priorities of the SURE-P initiative.