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Orphans, vulnerable children get N5m for medical bills in Bauchi

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Bauchi state government has claimed that it has spent N5million over settlement of hospital bills of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) across the state.The State Governor, Bala Mohammed said this at the distribution of starter packs to 200 most vulnerable adolescent OVC/caregivers.

He explained that the money was expended to purchase essential drugs to hard-to-reach areas which are domiciled in primary health centres.

He also announced the approval for the purchase of food items monthly was to be distributed to OVCs across the 20 local government areas of the state to uplift the socioeconomic status of the beneficiaries to enable them compete favourably with other citizens of the state.

In his remarks, he said: “This event is very important to this Government due to the fact that we value empowerment through skills acquisitions at all levels.”

He said in the last empowerment training, the state government has distributed 150 starter packs to the beneficiaries to enhance the economic capacity of vulnerable households to be self-reliance.

Mohammed was by his Chief of Staff, Dr Ladan Salihu, he said the skills acquisition and entrepreneurial development training was designed to help individuals to contribute to the attainment of eradicating abject poverty and poverty. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to this famous agency for successfully organising and conducting training to beneficiaries. I believe it will go a long way in improving the economic strength of the OVCs.”

According to him, each beneficiary would be given a start-up pack with trade test certificate of competence class (3) and a capital of N10,000 as a take off fund to enable the beneficiaries continue with the business in skills acquired.


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