By Ibrahim Kado, Yola.
The Adamawa State Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Agency (PAWECA) says it has trained 20,000 youths and women in various skills between 2019 and 2022.
The Head of PAWECA, Hajiya Aisha Bello, disclosed this at a news conference in Yola on Friday.
She said that the beneficiaries cut across the 21 local government areas of the state, adding that Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri had released N44 billion to facilitate the smooth implementation of the programme within the period under review.
She added that the governor also released N22.5 billion for the empowerment programme in 2023, stressing that the measure was to mobilise people’s participation in the pogramme, aimed at tackling poverty reduction and unemployment in the state.
Bello said that more beneficiaries would be exposed to solar power installation and maintenance, welding and fabrication, electrical repairs, building, blocks and interlocks making, among other skills.
She urged women to register with cooperative societies to enable them to access soft loans for successful businesses.