In view of boosting our local economy and creating wealth for our rural dwellers, EGCDF has made concerted efforts to revamp the micro-credit scheme that has been stalled for some time with the engagement of the micro-credit committee to handle the recovery of funds disbursed to community members, especially as all efforts to engage the micro-finance bank officials in the recovery process did not yield desired result. In Gbaramatu axis, five cooperative groups benefited from the Seven Million Naira (N7,000,000.00) only from the purse of the scheme with recovery process ongoing, while the committee is at the verge of disbursing similar amount to potential beneficiaries in the Egbema axis. We therefore implore prospective beneficiaries to be dedicated to the refund as the successful repayment of the current disbursement will determine further funding of the scheme.
Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF) is poised to embark on a fresh skill acquisition scheme following the popular demand for more of the scheme by community youths. With this, the human capital development committee has identified gaps in vocational skills and have also explored viable training centers for effective commencement of the scheme as soon as the Board gives approval.
Recalled that twenty (20) of our youths were undergoing training in the Agripreneur scheme that was carried out by the Foundation in collaboration with CNL and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The programme however had its setback following some internal issues between CNL and the facilitators (IITA). However, we are optimistic that the programme will soon resume in its full capacity. No doubt the program has fully started, and all participants are doing well in the area of plantain farming, fish farming, and other breed of farming at the foundation’s own land. The foundation urges those who are privilege to the training to put more effort to benefit from the scheme to better their lives. The training which will last for two years should be of immense benefits to participants from the kingdoms.
The EGCDF/CNL scholarship scheme comprises of secondary, tertiary, postgraduate (local and foreign) and PhD. This scheme has greatly increased the indigenes quest for education in both Egbema and Gbaramatu kingdoms.
The partnership between the Foundation and Africa Eye Cataract Foundation has brought immense relief and hope to many of our community folks that could not have had easy access to an eye specialist as well as treatment for different ailments. The last round of the exercise was between October to December 2016 at Tsekelewu and Ogbudugbudu in Egbema kingdom while Kokodiagbene/Okoitoru in Gbaramatu kingdom and at the EGCDF Secretariat, Warri, in February 2017. A total number of one hundred and fifteen (115) persons benefited from the eye surgery/operation, one hundred and sixty-five (165) persons were given medicated eye glasses and six hundred and seventy-one (671) persons were treated of other ailments. Following the huge success recorded, the foundation shall be carrying out the next round during the first quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, our partner, Africa Eye Cataract Foundation magnanimously offered free treatment/eye surgery for thirty (30) indigenes of Egbema and Gbaramatu from 12th to 14th December 2017 in Benin City, to mark the Doctor’s Mother 90th birthday celebration.