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Edo government trains entrepreneurs, excites World Bank delegates

The Edo State Government has pledged to sustain reforms and programmes to guarantee business growth, increase access to funding and improve the ease of doing business.

Edo State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project Coordinator (NEWMAP), Edwin Asemota Ero (right), during his presentation to the World Bank delegation at the Implementation Completion Result Report Mission, in Awka, Anambra State.<br />

The Edo State Government has pledged to sustain reforms and programmes to guarantee business growth, increase access to funding and improve the ease of doing business.

The Edo State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Afishetu Braimoh, gave the assurance at the opening of the second phase of the financial literacy workshop for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), in Benin City.

She said the workshop, aimed at enabling MSMEs to access funding to grow their businesses, was being organised in collaboration with GIZ/SEDIN-GOPA.

The commissioner said the state government would link the first batch of over 200 successful participants to credit sources, adding: “No doubt, the second set of over 250 successful trainees will also be eligible for credit.”

“During the first phase of the workshop, the Manager of the Benin Office of the Bank of Industry (BOI) sensitised participants on how to benefit from EDSG-BOI MSMEs fund worth over N2 billion.”

One of the facilitators at the workshop, Iyoha John commended the state government for creating a platform for MSMEs to acquire skills to improve their businesses. He added that the programme also equipped participants with the requisite knowledge to increase sales and expand the customers base.

In a related development, the Edo State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has rolled out the impact of the government’s intervention in flood and gully erosion-ravaged communities across the state to the World Bank and 23 other NEWMAP benefitting states.

The Coordinator of Edo NEWMAP, Dr. Tom Obaseki, who led other officials of the Edo NEWMAP to an Implementation Completion and Result Mission (ICRM) meeting with the World Bank Project Management team in Awka and Anambra, showcased the gains of the project’s intervention on communities and residents of the state.

The event is an important part of the winding-down process of the NEWMAP intervention in states. The meeting is an opportunity for the 23 NEWMAP participating states to furnish the World Bank project management staff with details of various projects executed during the project period to enable the preparation of a comprehensive Implementation Completion and Result Report (ICRR) by the Bank.

NEWMAP is a World Bank-funded intervention, implemented in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment and other partner agencies, to address gully erosion and flooding in states.

Obaseki said there are 15 intervention sites in various communities in Edo State that have continued to positively impact residents, opening up communities and improving the livelihoods of people in the state.

He disclosed that the sites are located in Ekehuan, Queen Ede, Oshiobugie – Auchi, Igbei-Auchi, Edo College, Ogiso, Gapiona, Urora, Iguosa, Fugar-Agenebode, Ewu, Emu, Ibore, and Emu-Ohordua, among others.

The Project Coordinator also revealed that the NEWMAP in the state asphalted about 5.7km of roads within the Benin metropolis in line with the government’s infrastructural development efforts aimed at improving the living standards of the people.

Noting that the NEWMAP has continued to open Edo communities for more economic activities, Obaseki said: “With our interventions, several flood-ravaged communities have been impacted. Routes to farmlands that were once devastated by erosion have been restored, making agriculture viable again. Commercial activities in communities such as Oshiobugie in Auchi, Queen Ede among others have been rekindled.”

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