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Obi commends NAPEP on poverty eradication initiatives


GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has commended the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), saying the agency has done much in fighting poverty in the country, especially in his state.

He also appealed to the agency to continue to assist the poor, insisting that a society, which does not care for the poor, will not be able to protect the rich.

According to Obi, the work of NAPEP is critical to nation-building, hence should not be politicised for maximum benefit of the country.

Obi, who briefed journalists yesterday after he came back from Abuja, said he visited the agency to solicit its assistance for the state’s effort to tackle poverty and “to express gratitude for what NAPEP is doing in the country”.

He disclosed that the state has documented poverty rate at the council level with the aim of identifying the poorest councils for possible intervention.

The governor also disclosed that the state had put measures on ground to assist the poor and that everything had been concluded for the take-off of a faith-based micro credit scheme in Anambra.

In his response, Senior Special Assistant to the President and National Coordinator, NAPEP, Magnus Kpakol, assured of the agency’s willingness to assist Anambra State to strengthen its efforts against poverty.

Kpakol expressed satisfaction with Obi’s performance in Anambra State, saying “he is the type of governor anybody would want to work with because of his dedication and concern for the people”.

He added: “We are prepared to support you in the excellent work you are doing in Anambra State. You understand what development is and you are busy investing in your people. It is also worthy to note that you are the first governor to visit us this year and I will like to tell you that you have our commitments. We shall support your poverty alleviation programmes and economic development”.

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