by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The sum of N75 million empowerment grants has been disbursed to 1,500 females, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) returnees in Yobe State.
The Yobe State Government, with the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Stabilization Facility Programme, supported the 1,500 beneficiaries with the sum of N50,000 each as start-up grant.
Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, stated this recently in Damaturu, when he said his administration had recently distributed a pair of goats and N10,000 each to five women in each of the 178 words across the state as a deliberate measure to empower them.
According to him, 3,000 women were supported through the State Ministry of Women Affairs with N20,000 each to improve their bean-cake (“Kosai”), cincin and Sonya beans cake (“Awara”) in their businesses.
The governor commended the UNDP for partnering with the State Government and supporting resettlement, rehabilitation and recovery programmes to improve the lives of the people and also commended them for supporting the state with the construction of market infrastructure, distribution of farm inputs, rehabilitation of primary schools and equipment of the Buni Yadi General Hospital.
He said, “Such humanitarian gesture would go a long way in our post-insurgency recovery process,” and called on the beneficiaries to enhance their businesses, promote self-reliance sustenance and dignity.