Not less than 200 Nigerian women have been given an empowerment grant yesterday in Bauchi State. The Federal Government’s National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Bauchi, on Tuesday said the empowerment was to benefit 200 women across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
The Director General, NDE, Mr Nasiru Argungu, made this known in a disbursement programme of N2 million to the 200 women. According to him, the gesture was to assist in boosting micro businesses of the women, thereby contributing to economic development and poverty reduction in the country generally.
The D-G who was represented by Mr Lawan Yaya, State Coordinator of the agency, stressed that the empowerment programme, was under the agency’s Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MESS). The NDE boss disclosed that of the 200 women, 10 were drawn from each of the 20 local government areas of the state.
He added that each of the beneficiaries was entitled to the sum of N10,000 as financial support to start or boost a micro business of her choice.“There is a scheme at the NDE, which is an innovation from the office of the Director General, known as Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MESS).
“It is under this scheme that we are disbursing N10,000 each to the 200 women selected from the 20 LGAs in the state, to boost their economic activities. “In total, we are disbursing N2 million today, to 200 women, because it is believed that when a woman is empowered, the whole nation is equally empowered,” he stated.
Argungu advised the beneficiaries to utilise the money judiciously and put it to ventures that would bring them profit Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Hauwa Jalla, commended the NDE and the Federal Government for the kind gesture, assuring that the money would be utilised for the purpose it is meant.
Some of the petty businesses engaged by the beneficiaries include; selling of bean cakes (Akara), groundnut and zobo among others.