Over 3,746 women benefit from N96.4m World Bank grant in Kebbi
Zulum disburses N62.75m to Borno elders, work
No fewer than 3,746 women benefited from N96.4 million grant of the Federal Government in collaboration with the World Bank in Kebbi State.
Performing the ceremony, yesterday, at Mahyama Council, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, said it was aimed in empowering and improving the livelihoods of the beneficiaries.
“The grant was given to the women under the Women Affinity Groups in Maiyama, Argungu and Ngaski councils of the state. The funds are given under the Nigeria For Women Project, funded by the state, Federal Government and the World Bank,” he said.
Bagudu pointed out that the programme was a $15 million project being implemented in six states of the federation, one in each geopolitical zone.
He stated that women had since mobilised over N400 million after organising themselves into groups, adding: “At the end, over 18,000 women would benefit from the programme and it will empower a lot of women.
Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Paulen Tallen appreciated Bagudu for his effort in ensuring the success of the Programme in the state.
Tallen, who was represented by the Director, Special Duties in the ministry, Alhaji Hamisu Koko, said the Federal Government and Kebbi State government had taken bold measures to secure funding from the World Bank.
She stated that the programme was meant to improve the socio-economic well being of the women and improve access to markets in the state.
On his part, Deputy Governor, Col. Samaila Yombe Dabai (rtd), said the programme was designed to improve the livelihood of targeted communities in the country with Kebbi State as one of the benefiting states.
Also, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aishatu Maikurata charged the beneficiaries to use the grants judiciously to boost their businesses and not to see the fund as a gift.
Bagudu presented cheques to beneficiaries from Maiyama, Argungu and Ngaski councils
MEANWHILE, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has disbursed N62.75 million to casual workers and elders in the Bolori Stores area of Maiduguri metropolis.
They comprised 437 workers, 409 elders and one 78-year Ya Falmata Modu, who had been living in Maiduguri for over seven decades.
“This will also build the resilience of citizens that had been affected in the 13-year Boko Haram insurgency in the state,” he said, noting that the casual workers provide critical services of distributing food and non-food items from the stores to other parts of the country and beyond.
Disbursing the funds, gave each of the 409 elders N100, 000, while 437 casual workers received N50, 000 each.