No fewer than 70,000 households are expected to be supported with gainful employment opportunities across the 27 local government areas, LGAs, of Jigawa state, with the programme scheduled to last till the exit of the current administration in the state, the Head of Service, HoS, Alhaji Muhammad Inua Tahir, has stated.
Speaking while representing Governor Badaru Abubakar on the occasion of the disbursement of N2.2 million to 220 small-scale business entrepreneurs of Dutse Local Government Area, Tahir stated that the Jigawa state government had earlier empowered 40,420 people who benefitted from various empowerment programmes in the last two years.
Least amongst such beneficiaries include 225 communities who benefitted on Sesame Internship Skill acquisition, 1,500 Outgrowers Farmers Scheme on Hadejia/Auyo Rice Irrigation farming through provision of support training, provision of farming implements, and cash disbursement.
Others include beneficiaries of Lafiya Jari Health Initiatives to over 400 people, mobile welding and empowerment with tricycle and welding kits to five different people, agricultural training and empowerment with kids and protective clothing to 225 people, as well empowering over 250 Youths Tailoring Union, among others.
On the Dutse disbursement, Tahir said the 220 people were drawn from 11 wards of Dutse LGA on ratio of 20 people per ward.
According to him, the sum of N222 million was disbursed to 220 beneficiaries between the minimum Cash advancement of N5,000 up to one N150,000 on different skills of choice.
Out of the number, about 110 categories of people were given N5,000 each, while 50,000 people were given N10,000 each, and the rest 100,000 people were given N50,000 each, totalling N2.2 million.
The Head of Service stated that the state government estimated to disbursed N57.3 million under the Economic Empowerment Special Intervention covering the 27 LGAs from now to the exit of the present administration, stating “we intend to provide to our community various economic empowerment on different trade as much as we could so as to afford them gainful employment for self reliance.”
He charged the beneficiaries to make good use of money given to them as support judiciously for the purpose intended for, and not for reckless spending, warning government will not hesitate to prosecute anyone found misuse of empowerment support funds.