By Olaide Ayinde, Alkaleri (Bauchi).
The Bauchi State Government said it had distributed economic empowerment items worth N1.35billion to 9,000 youths and women in 18 out of the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The state government had previously distributed the economic strengthening items worth N75 million to 500 beneficiaries in each of the same LGAs.
Inaugurating the distribution of the items in Alkaleri on Saturday, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State said that the kits and vehicles were provided through the Kaura Economic and Empowerment Programme (KEEP), initiated by his administration.
According to him, the programme has covered 90 per cent of the state, having reached 18 of the 20 LGAs of the state.
The governor said the programme had been designed to boost economic activities, in order to address problems of unemployment and poverty alleviation among the people, especially the vibrant youths and women.
“An average of N75 million, in both cash and kind, had been distributed to selected beneficiaries in each of the local governments where the programme had so far been launched.
“The same gesture is being replicated here today in Kirfi and Alkaleri LGAs,” he said.
Mohammed also reiterated his administration’s commitment to infrastructure development in the education, healthcare, roads and security sectors.
“We are not only building schools and the rest, we must fight poverty,” he added,
The remaining two local government areas that have yet to benefit from the scheme are Bauchi and Katagum.
Some of the items distributed include motorcycles, grinding machines, sewing machines.
Others are Galaxy Sharon buses, groundnut processing equipment, goats to encourage animal husbandry and cash gifts, among others.