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The Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and VCDP yesterday empowered some physically-challenged persons with Point of Sale (POS) machines in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State.
The presentation was made at the LGA secretariat, Atani.
The VCDP Rural Finance officer, Mr. Chukwujekwu Obianefo, explained that the POS terminal was considered vital tool for empowerment to support the vulnerable across the participating LGAs.
He said of that the LGAs of Ogbaru, Ihiala and Orumba South are being used as pilot area which would be extended to other LGAs in due time.
Mr. Obianefo said the support was part of the VCDP mainstreaming initiative of financial inclusion and considering the Programme’s concern for the vulnerable and people living with disabilities, to help them come out of poverty.
The Chairman Ogbaru LGA, Mr. Pascal Aniegbuna, during the presentation urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of government intervention and supports through Agricultural Programmes like the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), to better their lives.
He enjoined them to accept the support with warm embrace as it is geared to make them become financially independent, adding that such gesture rare.
Mr. Aniegbuna commended the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, Programme, VCDP for their support.
A beneficiary, Mrs. Amaka Onyema, a physically challenged primary healthcare worker on behalf of herself and other beneficiaries, applauded the IFAD-VCDP for the kind gesture and promised that they would put it to use and achieve the objective of the support.