Abia State Social Investment Programme Office, says all of its programmes including the Survival Fund Programme empowerment activities and all MSME related programmes of the Office under the supervision of Chinenye Nwaogu come at zero cost to the beneficiaries.
According to a statement endorsed by the State Focal Person, Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu, any attempt by anybody or group of persons to extort money under any guise is criminal and an act of wickedness explaining that most of the programmes are targeted at the poor and vulnerable members of the society, hence the position of the office to ensure that Abians benefit at zero cost.
Nwogu noted that under the instruction of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu whom he said has personally ensured that these programmes are attracted, expanded and implemented to the benefit of the state, the programmes are not to cost beneficiaries any participation fees.
He disclosed that the Governor frowns at any attempt to exploit any opportunity to tax Abians unduly as he has zero tolerance for such attempts, maintaining that Abia SIP Office has enough resources to administer these programmes for the benefit of Abians.
“Abia State Social Investment Programmes – N Power, School Feeding, Cash Transfer and GEEP has since inception be adjudged one of the best in the Country winning credibility awards.
“All potential beneficiaries should ignore any attempt to manipulate them into parting with any fees as precondition to benefiting from these initiatives. Any such attempt should be brought to our notice and appropriate actions will be taken,” Nwaogu said.