Over 5,000 benefit from M.O.R.E grant scheme in Delta 


Delta state governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, Thursday, launched the MORE Grant Scheme for petty traders, artisans and female entrepreneurs with 5,426 persons from poor and vulnerable households in the state benefitting.

Speaking at the formal launch of the MORE Grant Scheme at the Event Centre Asaba, Governor Oborevwori said the initiative was a comprehensive support system that would empower 5,426 Deltans, comprising 1,600 petty traders, 1,826 artisans and 2000 female entrepreneurs across the state. 
He said Delta state was rich in talent and ambition and commended the artisans, traders, and entrepreneurs for being the unsung heroes of the state’s local economies.

He said, “Your hard work, creativity and perseverance are the driving force behind the vibrancy and resilience of our local communities. As we recognise your invaluable contributions, I reaffirm the state government’s commitment and willingness to support your endeavours.

“The MORE Grant Scheme represents a beacon of hope and a catalyst for positive change as the programme provides critical resources that will help you scale up your businesses, and improve your livelihoods.

“To our petty traders from poor and vulnerable households, despite the daily struggles of life, you have continued to strive for a better future for your families and communities through your small businesses.

“As a show of faith, the MORE Grant Scheme will continue to provide you with the financial assistance necessary to improve your businesses, as we remain committed to turning small ventures into flourishing enterprises, thereby improving the quality of life of our people and contributing to the economic growth of our state.”

He charged the artisans to use their skills, craftsmanship and dedication to preserve the state’s cultural heritage through creative innovation for sustainable living.

He said: “The grant being given out today will help you acquire better tools, access quality materials, and reach wider markets, which will, in turn, take the rich traditions of our people to new heights.

“To our female entrepreneurs, you are the embodiment of strength and innovation. Despite facing numerous challenges with courage and determination, you have not stopped breaking barriers and setting new standards. I am proud of you.

“This grant scheme is dedicated to empowering you and more young women with the resources and mentorship needed to grow your businesses and inspire other women to follow in your footsteps.”