Economic Empowerment Program Launched to Curb Crime Rates in Northern Senatorial District

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Calabar – Hon. Dr. Martins Orim, a staunch advocate for economic empowerment, has initiated a comprehensive program aimed at reducing crime rates in the Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State. In an interview, Dr. Orim emphasized the importance of empowerment as a means to uplift individuals and communities. He criticized the practice of merely providing motorcycles or cars, stating that such gestures often increased individuals’ risks rather than improving their livelihoods.

According to Dr. Orim, “Empowerment is not about buying a motorcycle or car for someone. Sometimes, I feel that you are adding to their poverty or increasing their risk of accidents and injuries. Economic emancipation is the way to reduce crime rates.”

The initiative was applauded by high chief Spokesman Agogo, Chairman of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in Cross River State. He stressed that the quality of empowerment provided by Dr. Orim would enable youths to become self-sufficient and not depend on others. He encouraged beneficiaries to utilize the resources and training to better themselves and society.

Bar. Adamade Odey and other speakers at the event commended Dr. Martins Orim for his genuine concern for the people and his long history of positively impacting lives. They urged beneficiaries to maximize the training and equipment provided to them.


Comrade Linus Abuokwen, the Chairman of the Youth Council in Obudu, expressed gratitude for the G.F. O Foundation’s efforts in empowering Northern youths. He emphasized the significance of entrepreneurship in today’s society.

The beneficiaries, who underwent two months of training in various fields such as fisheries, tiling, hairdressing, and poultry in Calabar, conveyed their appreciation to Hon. Dr. Martins Orim. They pledged to apply the knowledge acquired to enhance their economic well-being and contribute to societal improvement.

Nnigboji Rex, the Area Manager of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in Aba Area Office, praised Dr. Orim and the G.F.O Foundation for taking many youths off the streets. This batch of beneficiaries, numbering approximately forty, was carefully selected from the 54 wards in the Northern Senatorial District.

The program’s focus on economic empowerment as a strategy to combat crime has resonated positively with both beneficiaries and community leaders. It represents a proactive approach to addressing the issue of crime and poverty in the Northern Senatorial District.