More than 1,000 women and youths from Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of Bauchi State have benefitted from the Kaura Economic empowerment programme as part of efforts by the Bauchi state government.
Beneficiaries were empowered with motorcycles, grinding machines, sewing machines, makeup kits and shoe making machines among others.
Speaking while flagging off the programme on Monday, the governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, disclosed that it had earlier been launched in Zaki, Gamawa, Ganjuwa, Darazo local government areas of the state.
He noted that the programme is a deliberate effort by the government to holistically address the problem of unemployment and poverty in the state, especially among youths and women.
Governor Mohammed said that his administration is not unmindful of the economic hardship experienced by majority of the people of the state, adding that it had taken it upon itself to address the hardship with all seriousness.
He said: “Under this programme a total of 1,000 triancycles also known as Keke Napep have been distributed to Okada riders popularly called Acaba, as a soft loan.It is a revolving loan with an open repayment that other set of Acaba riders will benefit from”
He continued: “I am very happy to say that the programme is very successful and we have no default in terms of payment and very soon, we will give another set of 1,000 triancycles by the grace of God”
According to him, 154 buses have been procured and distributed to members of the public as a self revolving loan.
The Governor stated further: “The package of the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme being launched today is not different from the other four LGAs where the programme was earlier launched.The items distributed to the beneficiaries will include N50,000 cash for 500 persons per LGA, 3 motorcycles for each of the wards of the LGAd and 100,000 cash to be given to women and youths leaders in each local government areas while buses will be given to each LGAs” he said
In his welcome address, the chairman of Bogoro LGA, Iliya Habila, commended the state government for the initiative.
He said that the people of the local government have benefited immensely from various developmental projects which include Mallar-Lusa-Bogoro and Boi-Tapshin road project, rehabilitation of water scheme amongst others just as he thanked the governor for alleviating the pligths of people when flood ravaged the area.