The Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Yahaya has presented over 60,000 empowerment items to 2000 beneficiaries.
The gesture is part of Governor Yahaya administration’s broader goal of addressing the human capital deficit in the State.
The beneficiaries consist of 200 tea and noodles sellers, 200 rice cake sellers, 200, bean cake sellers and 200 Soya Beans cake sellers and 200 people with special needs.
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Another 500 members of the Sickle Cell Group, as well as members of the Nigerian Automatic Technician Association, NATA and Gombe Automobile and Allied Technicians Association of Nigeria GATAN, are among the beneficiaries.
Flagging off the Phase II of the empowerment programme, in Gombe, Governor Yahaya said his administration placed a high priority on human capital development, because of the central role it was playing in the overall development of the society.
He said, “My administration is determined to continue taking holistic development steps to improve the lives of the people by creating employment and income-generating opportunities.”
The Governor said, “the 2000 beneficiaries in the second phase of the empowerment programme were selected from across five categories of small business, trade and artisan and associations.”
“Today, we are supporting a total of 2000 traders, mostly women,” he said.
Governor Yahaya said his administration had touched the lives of over 10,000 citizens across the state, projecting that more than 100,000 citizens would indirectly benefit from the direct multicultural interventions.
He said; “Through the collective multiplier effects of these interventions, more than 100,000 citizens will indirectly benefit from these programmes.”
The Governor unveiled the plan to empower additional 25 associations while urging the beneficiaries to make good use of the items and consider the gesture as an opportunity to achieve financial independence and help their families, contemporaries and the larger society.