The Yobe State Government on Tuesday started the distribution of 1,780 goats to 890 women, under its rural empowerment programme.
Gov. Mai Mala-Buni said at the launch of the distribution in Gujiba that five women from each of the 178 wards in the state would receive two goats each.
He said that the programme was aimed at raising the income level of the women and making them to become self-reliant.
He said that goats were specifically chosen for the programme because of their high innate ability to reproduce and multiply within a short period.
Mala-Buni, however, warned the beneficiaries against selling the goats to solve immediate financial problems.
“These are investments into your future; you should also resist the sugar-coated tongues of some husbands, who may advise you to sell the goats immediately just to borrow the money.
“You should allow the goats to multiply and support your family needs,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Hauwa Abubakar, thanked the governor for his specific focus on women in the empowerment programme.
She advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the goats they received to improve their livelihoods.