Bauchi governor empowers 1,000 beneficiaries at Itas Gadau, LGA of Jama’are – The Sun Nigeria
By Paul Orude Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Mohammed empowered 1,000 people in Itas Gadau and Jama’are Local Government Areas as part of his Kaura Economic Empowerment Program (KEEP) to reduce poverty and create jobs among young people and women in the state,
Empowerment facilities received by beneficiaries included cars, motorcycles, grinders, sewing machines, vulcanization kits, livestock, poultry, fishing inputs as well as cash, among others, to enable them to start businesses.
Reporting the program in Itas and Jama’are respectively on Sunday, Governor Mohammed said the economic program had already been launched in the local government areas of Zaki, Gamawa, Ganjuwa, Darazo, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro.
He said the program was a deliberate effort by the state government to holistically address the problem of unemployment and poverty in the state, especially among young people and women.
The governor, along with his deputy senator Baba Tela, his wife Aisha and other senior government officials, said that as a responsive and responsible government, it was not oblivious to the economic hardships experienced by the majority of the state’s population.
He said he took it upon himself to approach the difficulties with the utmost seriousness.
âAs part of KEEP, a total of 1,000 tricycles, also known as Keke Napep, were distributed to Okada riders, commonly known as Achaba, in the form of low rate loans. This is a revolving credit with an open repayment so that other groups of Achaba runners can benefit from it.
âI am very happy to say that the program is very successful and that we have no defaults and very soon we will be donating another set of 1000 tricycles by the grace of God. 154 buses were purchased and distributed to members of the public in the form of auto-revolving loans.
I’m happy to note that commuters use these buses across the state and country.
âThe Kaura Economic Empowerment Program package launched today is no different from the other six LGAs where the program was launched earlier.
âItems distributed to beneficiaries will include N50,000 in cash for 500 people per local government, three motorcycles for each of the LGA constituencies and N 100,000 in cash to be given to women and young leaders in each local government area, while buses will be given to each LGA
Mohammed praised state lawmakers, politicians and other appointees who empower people with their meager resources.
He said his government introduced empowerment programs after roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure were built in every nook and cranny of the state.
He said the contract for the building was awarded to indigenous contractors to empower them to operate statewide.
Speaking earlier, Hajiya Saadatu Bello Kirfi, State Commissioner of the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, 4,000 people have so far benefited from the program in eight local government areas of the state.
Saadatu said program implementation has reached an advanced stage towards empowering small and medium-sized enterprises in the state through partnership with NEXIM Bank, Bank of Industry and World Bank projects. .
She said the idea was to reduce the burden on government and encourage citizens to engage in meaningful endeavors.
The Commissioner urged beneficiaries to use the items they received with a high level of determination, dedication and desire for success.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with our correspondent in Jama’are and Itas Gadau Empowerment committed to making the best use of resources to become self-reliant.