…..As It Spread Its Goodies In Sunyani
Some divisional Queen Mothers in the Brong Ahafo region, last week beamed with smiles, when Microfinance and Small Loans and Centre (MASLOC) extended its activities of disbursing funds to support the livelihood empowerment projects across the country.
The Queen Mothers, were drawn from the divisional areas from the following Constituencies: Nkoranza North and South, Kintampo North and South, Atebubu Amantsin, Asutifi North and South, Sunyani West and Sampa.
The rest are Techiman North and South, Wenchi, Tain, Dormaa East, Central and West, Sene West and East, Beechem, Pru East and West all in the region, where each were handed MASLOC cheques.
Officials of MASLOC made up of Daniel Axim, Head of Operations, Issa Abdulai, the Brong Ahafo regional manager, Mohammed Amin, Northern Regional Sector manager, was led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Sedina Tamakloe-Attionu, in total disbursed a whopping 720,699 Ghana Cedis with 264,500 Ghana Cedis going to the divisional queen mothers and the remainder disbursed among the other groups in the region at a colourful ceremony.
The disbursement exercise was at the instance of the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, who is also a queen mother in the region under the stool name, Nana Ampomah Sika I, to boost and support the operations of 1,180 beneficiary groups made up of hairdressers, market women among others.
Speaking at the ceremony, to present the cheques to the queen mothers and the other beneficiary groups in the region, Mrs Attionu -Tamakloe, said infrastructure was one of the key instruments to the development of every nation.
“Quite often people travel to areas like Dubai, London among others seeking greener pastures all because of the infrastructural developments of these countries.
People travel to these countries because of these developments that have been undertaken by the government in that country, it in the same vein President John Mahama is developing the infrastructural base of nation to achieve these same heights” she disclosed.
According to her, when ex-President Jerry John Rawlings took the decision to extent electricity to the Northern sector of the country, his opponents took issues with him, but “what do we see today the people of the region are benefiting from it tremendously”.
She noted that currently, the level of infrastructure provided by President John Dramani Mahama, would ensure the improvement all Ghanaians are yearning for in the long term.
she explained that it was all because of development that Ghanaians kept travelling and very soon President Mahama, will achieve this goal in his next four-term of office for majority of Africans in the sub-region to start trooping here in search of greener pastures.
She noted that this would create the opportunity for them to come and work and remit their families back home.
She appealed to beneficiaries to endeavour to repay the loans since it is a revolving fund for the benefit of all Ghanaians.
She added that the government set up MASLOC to assist small individual groups to improve on their livelihood.
Speaking on behalf of the Queen Mothers, Nana Adwoa Takyiwaa II, Queen Mother f Dormaa Akwamu, told the queen mothers to use the money profitably.
She further commended MASLOC for extending their facilities to the benefit of the queen mothers in the area and expressed their gratitude to the First Lady, H.E Lordina Mahama and President John Mahama the honour done them.
She urged her colleagues to ensure that the loans are used for what it was intended for and not for the organization of lavish funerals.
Meanwhile, MASLOC disbursement train made a stop at Ningo- Prampram earlier in the week to disburse 76,800.00 Ghana Cedis to 150 beneficiaries.