From WILSON BAKO, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government has concluded arrangements to empower 1, 500 women and youths in order to ensure food sufficiency in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Youth and Sport, Mr. Kwanta Yakubu, stated this during a joint meeting with Ministries of Commerce, Youth and Sports and Women Affairs.
According to him, the government has set aside N1.5billon to empower women and youths who are expected to invest in various agricultural activities as a way of ensuring food sufficiency.
He explained that the programme was in fulfillment of the promise the governor had made to archive within his first 100-days in office.
He added that the beneficiaries would be registered under cooperative societies to be qualified for the soft loan by the government.
“We would collaborate with the Bank of Industry in order to ensure a smooth and successful exercise.
“The government would also put machinery in place to ensure that the beneficiaries put in the monies only in agricultural related activities,” the Governor’s aide added.
The SSA also said that plans had been concluded to train 250 youths from each Local Government Area (LGA) on bricks production.
“In the next one week, the youths from the various LGAs would be engaged in bricks production for a period to be determined by the company that would train them.
“At the end of the training exercise, the government would pay the money for the training and provide the youths with startup pacts to enable them establish their own production company and be self reliant,” he said.
He added that apart from this two empowerment programmes, the government has a lot of other packages that would empower the youths and take them off the streets.