By Azubuike Okeh
Some civil servants in Rivers on Thursday commended the state government for introducing an interest-free revolving loan scheme for them.
Gov. Nyesom Wike on Wednesday inaugurated a disbursement committee for the loan scheme for workers between grade levels one and 13.
The governor had announced that the loan should be accessible to every qualified civil servant irrespective of political affiliation.
A NAN correspondent who spoke with some of them at the state secretariat complex said many civil servants were happy about the initiative.
Mrs Ijeoma Nwachukwu, a staff of the Ministry of Education, said the revolving loan scheme was a welcome development.
“Workers within the affected categories can now access funds to begin small scale businesses; this scheme is capable of making workers live better.
“ I will try and take advantage of it. I pray the process is not politicised as we see in other government programmes,’’she said.
Another civil servant, Mr Ndidi Onyegbule of the Ministry of Agriculture, called for honesty and decency in the process of administering the loan.
Onyegbule expressed hope that only real workers in the state would benefit from the scheme.
Also speaking, Ms Ngoba Amachree, a staff of Social Welfare Ministry, commended the state government for the scheme, describing it as “thoughtful and kind.’’
“We stopped hearing about loans a long time ago. This is cheering news to workers; some of us can now invest in something meaningful.
“The state government has shown that it is also thinking for the workers. I consider this initiative as huge and laudable,’’ she said.
Other workers interviewed said their main fear was the problem of managing loan schemes for civil servants, especially as it concerned fund mismanagement by administrators.