The Prince Alex Mbata Foundation, PAM has given details on the Foundation’s empowerment programme, where more than 3,000 vulnerable people in the 104 INEC Wards in Owerri Zone benefited.
The event took place on December 16, 2021 at Admiral NdubuisI Kanu Square (Formerly Heros Square, Owerri)
A statement signed by Mr. Innocent Onyeukwu, Media Adviser, PAM, quoted the Director General of the Foundation and former Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Godfrey Dikeocha saying 300 motorbikes, 500 sewing machines, 2000 bags of rice, 500 hair drying equipment were handed out to beneficiaries of the programme.
Dikeocha also said “Grants of N50,000 were also handed out to some beneficiaries by His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodimma, on the 16th day of December, 2021, being the day of the launch of the empowerment programme, held at the Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Square (formerly Heros Square), Owerri.
“The event was attended by former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, elder statesman and Ahaejiagamba Ndi Igbo, Chief (Engr) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, top functionaries of Imo State government and other well meaning sons and daughters of Imo State.
“As a policy of the Foundation, beneficiaries with personal bank accounts are currently receiving cash payment through their bank accounts.
“We have been briefed by the bank of their inability to credit some nominated bank accounts with several discrepancies to avoid paying the wrong persons, as it will defeat the philosophy behind the program to target the needy and alleviate their financial needs.
“The PAM Humanitarian Foundation is currently sorting out these issues as quickly as possible, to enable all beneficiaries receive their grants
“At the moment, payment of grants to beneficiaries in four local governments has been concluded.
“95 percent of beneficiaries from Aboh Mbaise have received their grants.
“Others are: Ahiazu Mbaise: 85 percent, Ezinihitte Mbaise, 85 percent and Ikeduru LGA 60 percent.
“The process of paying beneficiaries in two local governments, Mbaitoli and Ngor Okpala, has also begun.
“Beneficiaries in Owerri North, Owerri Municipal and Owerri West, will receive their grant during the last phase of payments.
“We are hopeful that all beneficiaries of the empowerment programme will receive their grant before the end of February 2021” he said.
He noted that PAM Humanitarian Foundation will not join issues with certain perennial political office seekers, who are petrified by the popular acceptance and acknowledgment of the good deeds of the Foundation and it’s founder, Prince (Dr) Alex Mbata and have resorted to buying up spaces in newspapers to tarnish the image of this charitable organization.