The Executive Director of Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), Mr. Andy Eyo has made known the Organization’s commitment to empower the ultra-poor market women of Abak through the Market Women Empowerment Project thereby reducing the poverty level in the Local Government Area.
Mr. Eyo who made this known today during an advocacy visit to the Abak Local Government Council emphasized that empowering a woman means empowering the family which in turn will reduce hunger, hawking, child labour and inter-generational poverty, adding that the selection will not be a political one but will be based on reality.
The Market Women Empowerment Project, an initiative of the Akwa Ibom women resident in the USA (NKA UFORO IBAN) in collaboration with ECEWS is aimed at poverty reduction amongst ultra-poor market women through issuance of grants to boost their businesses.
While reacting to this development, the Chairman of Abak Transition Committee, Hon. Emmanuel Udosen thanked ECEWS team for the positive impact it has had on the lives of Abak people and affirmed the council’s support to make the project a success. He also called on other NGOs to emulate ECEWS by attracting benefits from the international community to the local community.
Hon Udosen described ECEWS’ visit as timely and urged the team to do more in helping the poorest population in the state. “There is a similar program on ground, we are working on giving out interest-free loans to market women. So ECEWS is God-sent. The market women have a structure called the Market Women Frontline Organization, we will use this structure to sift out those who actually need and deserve the grant as well as do follow-up to see how well they have managed the funds.”
The Council’s Head of Service, Elder Etukudo, expressed confidence in ECEWS capabilities in doing an honest work and assured the team of the Council’s support on the project. “I have worked with them in urunguko LGA on HIV/AIDS programme, it was a very nice project, am convinced they will succeed. We will be prepared to assist and select an indigenous staff in the council as a desk officer who will liaise with ECEWS in the project. We will ensure that this programme is not politicized.”
Mrs Grace Inyang, the representative of NKA UFORO IBAN thanked the Chairman for the opportunity granted ECEWS and promised to revert to her colleagues in the United States on the level of progress.