By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
As part of efforts to reduce poverty and empower Bauchi residents, Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed through his empowerment scheme ‘Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP),’ has gifted some residents with various empowerment items worth N160m.
Speaking shortly before the distribution of the items at the closing of the programme held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium on Saturday having gone round other 19 LGAs, the governor said that the Economic Empowerment Programme is born out the need to make people productive and self-reliant.
According to the governor, his administration has continued to place high premium on empowerment through job creation as a testimony of its commitment towards poverty alleviation.
He noted that his government has put in place the Bauchi State Microfinance Institution Building Programme (MIFIN) to complement the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
“The aim of this programme is to develop and strengthen Microfinance Institutions and establish linkages among the institutions and other financial institutions in order to create a viable and sustainable microfinance system.
“The ultimate goal is to enhance access of the poor to financial services so as to boost the productivity of micro and small scale enterprises, thereby reducing poverty.
“Since the commencement of the Kaura Economic empowerment Programme in the local government areas, an average of N75 million in both cash and kind has been distributed to some selected beneficiaries in each of the local governments where the programme has so far been launched
“There is provision of N50,000 cash for 500 persons per local government, provision of three motor cycles in each of the wards of the 20 local governments, provision of N100,000 cash to women leaders and youth leaders in each of the 20 local governments and the provision of 5 buses to each of the 20 local governments. The beneficiaries are Ward PDP chairmen, ward coordinators and ward youth leaders,” he said.
The governor appealed to the beneficiaries of the empowerment programme to make good use of the opportunity by properly managing the cash and items given to them to boost their economic status.
Bestof9ja reports that the items distributed to the beneficiaries included motorcycles, cars, sewing machines, grinding machines, knitting machines, jerrycans of groundnut and palm oil and goats.