In continuation of the implementation of the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP), beneficiaries of the scheme in Bauchi LGA on Saturday received various empowerment items worth the sum of N160m. 

The items distributed to the beneficiaries included motorcycles, cars, sewing machines, grinding machines, knitting machines, Jerrycans of  groundnut and palm oil as well as goats just as some were accompanied with sums of money. 

Speaking while distributing the items at the closing of the programme held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa memorial Stadium on Saturday having gone round the 19 LGAs before Bauchi LGA, State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir said that the Economic Empowerment Programme is all about making the people of the State self-reliant. 

He explained that the amount for Bauchi LGA was different because it is the state capital and a metropolitan LGA coupled with its demographic and population stressing that this is being done by providing the beneficiaries with the wherewithal and conducive environment to be economically productive and employers of labour. 

The Governor added that the programme was designed to boost economic activities in order to address problem of unemployment and alleviate poverty among the people, especially the youths and women who are regarded as most vulnerable.

According to the Governor, his administration has continued to place high premium on empowerment through job creation as a testimony of its commitment towards poverty alleviation. 

Bala Mohammed pointed out that his government has put in place the Bauchi State Microfinance Institution Building Programme (MIFIN) to complement the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).

He stressed that , “The aim of this programme is to develop and strengthen Microfinance Institutions and establish linkages among the institutions and other financial institutions in order to create a viable and sustainable microfinance system” . 

He added that , “The ultimate goal is to enhance access of the poor to financial services so as to boost the productivity of micro and small scale enterprises, thereby reducing poverty”

The Governor further said that , “”Since the commencement of the Kaura Economic empowerment Programme in the Local Government Areas, an average of  N75 million in both cash and kind has been distributed to some selected beneficiaries in each of the Local Governments where the programme has so far been launched”

He pointed out that , ” Selected beneficiaries of the programme in Alkaleri and Kirfi Local Government Areas would therefore today be given the following items which include provision of starter packs”. 

He also said that, “N50,000 cash for 500 persons per Local Government, Provision of three motor cycles in each of the wards of the 20 Local Governments, Provision of N100,000.00 cash to women leaders and youth leaders in each of the 20 Local Governments and the Provision of five buses to each of the 20 Local Governments.The beneficiaries are Ward PDP Chairmen,Ward Coordinators and Ward Youth leaders”. 

Bala Mohammed then appealed to the  beneficiaries of the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme to make good use of the opportunity by properly managing the cash and items given to them to boost their economic status and assist others who may not have access to the largesse, adding that his government will continue to explore more ways and means of poverty alleviation.

Earlier in her opening remarks, State Commissioner for Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hajiya Sa’adatu Bello Kirfi, urged the beneficiaries to put the items given to them into judicious use with a high level of determination and dedication.

The Commissioner stressed that though the entire 20 LGAs have now been covered, the programme is continuing until majority of the poor people of the state were brought out of poverty and made self-reliant. 


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