An industrialist, Chief Chamberlin Okechukwu Adiaso, has given a N100million loan to farmers in Abia State.
Adiaso, Mayfair Project Ltd Managing Director, said the loan was disbursed through the Nma Abia Co-operative Society.
He spoke during opening of an hospital in honour of his mother Mercy Adiaso in Obieketa autonomous community in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of the state under the auspices of this foundation.
He said: “I am the initiator of Nma Abia. We gave out agricultural loans free of interest in 2016. There are so many young men and women, who are loitering the streets because they have no one who can give them even N20, 000 to support their education. We have set up an educational scheme that cuts across the length and breadth of Abia State.
‘’Apart from giving out agricultural loans and scholarships, I have also been engaged in upgrading infrastructure in the rural communities. I started grading roads in my local government area and beyond to help open up the rural areas and create access to the villages.’’
Hailing Adiaso for the gesture, Think Nigeria First Initiative Director-General, Alhaji Abubakar Tsanni, urged states to emulate him to develop their communities.
He urged All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Ukwa Ngwa Local Government Area to imbibe President President Muhammadu Buhari’s change mantra by electing incorruptible leaders.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Chairman in the state Chief Allen Nwachukwu praised Chief Adiaso for his empowerment of less privileged across the state.
He said Adiaso touched many lives by donating N100 million for agricultural soft loans.
The traditional ruler of Obieketa autonomous community, Eze Charles Chukwudinma, thanked Adiaso for grading all the roads in the local government and beyond.
The Diocesan Bishop of Ngwa Central Diocese Rev. Prince Uwaomakalu said Adiaso’s late mother, was a merciful woman, was kind to the church, ministers and expectant mothers. He said her maternity home should be named Mercy Maternity Home.