The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has empowered
1,000 women and youths from Zaki and Gamawa Local Government Areas (LGA), of the State with N150 million.
The beneficiaries were also empowered with cars, motorcycles, grinding machines, sewing machines, makeup kits, shoe making machines, male and female goats, palm oil, among others in order to start up a business for themselves.
This is part of the Governor’s empowerment programme scheme to reduce poverty and improve the living standard of the people of the state.
Flagging off the programme in the two LGAs today (Saturday, 12 June 2021), the Governor said that the intervention known as the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP), is an initiative of the state government to empower women and youths with incentives that will alleviate poverty and provide them with job opportunities in the state which is part of the fulfilment of his campaign promises.
He said the government has done so much in the area of infrastructure and development, pointing out that it has become imperative for the government to improve the living standard of its citizens, particularly the women and youths.
Bala said that when he took over the mantle of leadership in 2019, he met a state whose infrastructures was in shambles, adding that within the two years of his administration, the government has constructed roads, built hundreds of schools, hospitals, provided water amongst others.
“We are being criticised by some people that we have been constructing roads without considering the farewell of the citizens and so, because of the promise we have made, that is why we remained focused in our quest to develop the state.
“This same intervention will be replicated in the remaining 18 LGA of the state. The sum of N75 million was expended in each of the LG.
“We promised during the electioneering campaigns, to provide infrastructures that include roads, schools, hospitals, water and have done more than 50 per cent. Despite dwindling resources at the federation account, we were able to execute all these laudable projects, this is to show you that we will accomplish more if you continue to support the government,” he said.
The First Lady of the state, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items donated to them to empower themselves and be self-reliant, adding that the present administration is poised to giving women a sense of belonging in the affairs of the state.