Over one thousand youth and women have benefited from Bauchi state government’s Economic Empowerment Programme in Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas.
The initiative was aimed at providing employment opportunities and improving small scale businesses with a view to reducing the high level poverty among the citizens.
Our correspondent Isiyaka Ismail Wunti said so far, over three thousand people from six local government areas of Zaki, Gamawa, Ganjuwa, Darazo, Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa have benefited from the scheme.
Speaking at the inauguration of the programme, the State Governor Bala Mohammed said under the initiative five hundred people from each benefiting local government received various forms of empowerment items and starter packs of fifty thousand naira to improve their economy.
Bala Mohammed said under the initiative, the state government has provided soft revolving loan of one thousand commercial tricycles, over one hundred and fifty commercial buses to members of National Union of Road Transport Workers noting that plans are underway to assist traders and artisants with two hundred and fifty million naira as loan.
He assured that the state government will provide all the needed support to the State Agency for Poverty Alleviation to introduce similar programmes that will accommodate more benefinetiaries across the state.
In their seperate remarks the Chairman of Bogoro local government Iliya Habila and His counterpart of Tafawa Balewa Daniel Mazadus whi commended the Governor for the effort said it will go along way in improving quality of lives of the people.
In her address, the Commissioner of Cooperatives, small and medium enterprises Sa’adatu Bello Kirfi advised the beneficiaries to use the items in a manner that will benefit them and their dependants.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation with the gesture and assured to use the items for the purpose they were meant for.