Gov. Bagudu empowers 205 women vegetable sellers with N6.15m

Gov. Bagudu empowers 205 women vegetable sellers with N6.15m

 

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Sunday donated N6.15 million to 205 women vegetables sellers in the state, as part of efforts to encourage them to become self-reliant.

 

Each of the 205 women was given N30,000 to boost their vegetable businesses.

 

Bagudu, who announced the donation at the graduation of the women in Birnin Kebbi, noted that all the women who benefitted from the programme had received training on how to preserve perishable items like vegetables.

 

“The comprehensive training of the women traders was conducted by the state chapter of Vegetables Sellers and Perishable Foods Association,” he said, lauding the association for the gesture which was worthy of emulation by other groups.

 

“The association needs to be commended for training the women in the business of perishable items and vegetables, which is a business dominated by men. I am quite impressed with this commendable initiative by the association, others should copy it.

 

“I am appealing to more people in the state to form groups and cooperatives like this one, so as to get routine support from the state. My administration is ready to partner with any group and association to further boost trade and commerce.

 

“This is with a view to reducing unemployment and poverty, while adding value to the economy of the state and the country at large,” he said.

 

Earlier, Alhaji Umarun Basiru, the state Chairman of Vegetables Sellers and Perishable Foods Association, said the association initiated the training programme to support the women, who were mostly widows.

 

He said that the training was aimed at empowering the women to manage small businesses in order to generate income and support their families.

 

According to him, the women have undergone training in the buying, selling and processing of the items.

 

“We are willing, as an association, to sustain the programme with another 1,000 women in 2021, with support from the government,” he said.

 

Basiru commended the governor for his assistance, describing it as apt in efforts to keep the women actively involved in the business.

 

Hajiya Amina Gwandangaji, a widow and one of the beneficiaries, said that even though she had been in business for the past 10 years, the training had exposed her to additional skills in the business of selling vegetables and other perishable items.

 

She commended the governor for providing the start-up capital for them and promised that they would make the best use of it.

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