Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has directed the State Micro-Credit Agency to release N20m as loans to persons living with disabilities in the state.
The announcement of the governor’s directive was contained in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, on Monday.
According to the statement, Mimiko gave the directive for granting the loans while addressing persons living with disabilities, who visited him in his office in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The governor was quoted as promising that the seed capital would be increased as soon as the beneficiaries begin to pay back even as he noted that the loan would attract no collateral and would be interest-free. He also told his guests that their other demands, including award of scholarships, were already being implemented.
Gov. Mimiko also said that a certain percentage would be set aside for successful physically-challenged persons in the recently-conducted teaching service examination in the state and reiterated his administration’s commitment to putting in place policies and programmes that would continue to impact positively on the socio-economic well-being of the people.
In their response, the physically-challenged persons in the state, through their Chairman, Mr. Olasiyan Samuel, commended Mr. Mimiko for his gesture and assured him of their continued support for his administration.