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Abia govt empowers 20 South Africa returnees

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has empowered 20 South Africa returnees of Abia state origin as part of the state government’s resettlement and reintegration programmes for the…

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has empowered 20 South Africa returnees of Abia state origin as part of the state government’s resettlement and reintegration programmes for the returnees.

The Special Adviser to the state governor on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties, Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, said the assistance being provided by the State Government is for the resettlement and reintegration of the South Africa returnees.

She said this is in fulfilment of the promise made to the returnees by Governor Ikpeazu when they called on him on October 07, 2019.

She said the empowerment has been based on the interests and preferences of the returnees.

“Some of them chose farming and have started training at Kritzenly Farm Ltd in Ntigha; a few are learning barbing, braiding etc in hair salons; two individuals are focusing on catering; one person is learning 3D graphic wall paper installation; while a few others joined family members in their business with the money received from the governor.”

Uche Nwaocha, one of the returnees who spoke on behalf of others, said: “We are pleased with the assistance received from Dr Ikpeazu; indeed we are blessed to have a state governor that cares.”

The Special Adviser said the Diaspora office will continue to monitor the progress of the returnees, and provide guidance as needed.

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