Gov. Uzodimma Empowers 25,000 Imolites


Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has vowed to recover the state from poverty and hardship.

The governor stated this on Friday,, December 16 during Imo-Cares, an empowerment programme of government held on Friday at the Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Square, Owerri, the state capital.

A total of 25,000 Imolites were empowered during the programme.

Gov. Uzodimma made it clear that the essence of the programme was to bring out certain number of Imo people from poverty, saying he would soon empower another set of Imo people soon through the programme. 

He said that five people per polling unit in the state will receive instant alert of N30,000 and subsequent alerts of same amount in the coming months.

The governor further announced that on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, another batch of 27 persons per polling unit in the state will be empowered through the same programme.  

The governor noted: “The Federal Government in her wisdom, working with the World Bank and states decided to create a programme called ‘Nigeria Cares’ meant to alleviate the sufferings occasioned by the incidence of COVID-19.

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“After the events of COVID-19, so many of our sons and daughters lost their businesses, so many lost their jobs, and life became meaningless for them.  

“Then came the unknown gunmen and so many buildings were destroyed and so many people lost their lives. Then came the flooding and so many people lost their farms, and some also lost their businesses.

“Today, we have selected five persons from each of the 4,758 polling units in Imo State for the first batch and before you leave this place today, you will receive the alerts in your telephones.”  

The icing on the cake was when the Governor told the recipients that “it is not a loan. It is a grant. You are not expected to pay back or pay interest.  Imo State signed under this programme to empower our people,”

This drew thunderous applause from the large turnout of people who struggled for space at the venue of the event.  

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However, the governor also advised the beneficiaries to use the money they will be getting meaningfully to look after themselves and their families and warned them not to use the money for drinking alcohol, taking drugs or to go into crime and criminality.

He told the beneficiaries not to give gratification from the money to anybody who may claim they put their names on the list.

He announced that each of the beneficiaries will receive the sum of N30,000, to be followed by receipts every month in like sum.

The governor expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for approving N-CARES and allowing the states to key into the programme.

Governor Uzodimma said his administration plans to empower 120,000 people every month, effective Friday, December 16, 2022.

The governor urged the crowd to appeal to detractors who are working to destroy Imo State to desist as God will not allow them, emphasizing that he has come to work and rescue Imo from poverty.

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He promised to continue to empower Imo indigenes through the Imo N-Cares programmes to cushion the effect of COVID-19 and the recent flood disaster.

The excitement on the faces of those who received their alert instantly could not be hidden but those who were yet to receive theirs due to network issues and became anxious were advised not to worry as the banks confirmed they will all get it before the close of business same day


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