In what started like a joke some months ago, precisely October, has turned out to be a thing of joy for over 1000 Cross Riverians across the 18 LGAs who enrolled free of charge for the Federal Government Survival Fund Program Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises which includes Payroll Support, Guaranteed Offtake and MSME Grant.
Some beneficiaries across the State have expressed their feelings in randomly selected testimonials collated by the Office of the Commissioner over the weekend.
According to Odey George “When I thought all hope was lost Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr came to our rescue by enrolling us free for FG MSME Payroll Support grant”.
On her part, Mrs Angela Okon noted that “I registered under one Marcel Edet in the Commissioner’s office for free, I was assured that it wasn’t a scam. Today I and my 8 staff have been paid 30,000 for 2 months now”.
They noted that they didn’t have to know anyone to benefit from the payroll support grant. According to some of them it was the effort of the Honorable Commissioner for Finance to sensitize and pay for their registration cost to enable them partake in the grant.
Duke Effime a business owner and a resident of Calabar South revealed that part of the social responsibilities of any public office holder or senior citizen is to draw the attention of his people to important grants/opportunities like this. He applauded the Commissioner for his good heart and called on others to emulate this kind of gesture.
“Beneficiaries of survival fund names are too numerous to compile. I received various calls showing appreciation for the Commissioner for creating the opportunity for them to key into the platform they’re benefiting now.
“I’m also saying a big thank you to the commissioner on behalf of the Ogoja people” says Simon Umari, the coordinator of Ogoja LGA during the free registration period for the payroll support grant.
The Cross River State Commissioner For Finance, Mr Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr reacting to the testimonies across the state thanked the Federal Government for the initiative, as well as the State Governor for the opportunity to be of service.
He said the idea of setting up free registration centres across the State was to ensure Cross Riverians utilise the slots allocated to the State for the grant.
According to him, oftentimes Cross Riverians, due to a lack of adequate sensitization, do not actively participate in the Federal Government social investment programs.