By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
The initiator of Future Assured Initiatives, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) have jointly empowered 10,000 unemployed women and youths in 23 local governments.
A statement by the Special Assistant to Wamakko on Media and Publicity, Bashir Mani issued Friday said N34.6 million worth of facilities, as well as N100 million cash has so far been disbursed.
According to Mani, some of the kits disbursed to the beneficiaries include cosmetology, carpentry, fashions designs, wheel chairs, electrical /electronics, auto-mechanics, block making, welding, masonry and inter locking, among others.
In the same vein, each of the 10,000 beneficiaries received N10,000 cash as start up grant.
Speaking at the event, Mrs Buhari who was represented by the former Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Pauline Tallen said the Future Assured Initiatives would continue to support women and youth in the bid to make them truly self reliant.
“Our initiatives will continue to bolster the living standard of women and youths across Nigeria. This is to holistically complement the Federal government agenda of poverty eradication and employment generation.
“So, we are here in Sokoto state today, in collaboration with NDE and Senator Wamakko, to support no fewer than 10,000 women and youth with various working tools, to make them self reliant,” she said.
Mrs Buhari, while commending NDE for sustaining its laudable invaluable interventions, also lauded Senator Wamakko for his giant strides towards supporting the masses of the state.
Wamakko said the gesture was an indication of President Muhammadu Buhari’s total commitment towards supporting the Nigerian masses, more especially women, youths and other vulnerable groups .
“This is part of the pledges we made to Nigerians in 2015, to create more job opportunities and improve their living standard. We have achieved a lot in this direction and I am optimistically confident that Nigerians will testify to that as a collective success.”
Senator Wamakko also said that, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and President Muhammadu Buhari are committed to further taking Nigeria to greater heights.
“Nigerians should therefore reelect President Muhammadu Buhari, to sustain his laudable, tangible programmes and policies. Nigerians should also massively cast their votes for the party’s candidates, at all levels.”
The Director-General of NDE, Dr Nasir Ladan Argungu admonished the beneficiaries to judiciously utilize the items, to improve their living standard.
The NDE Boss also warned them against selling the items, as well as misusing the grants, so as not to defeat the aims of the gesture.
The Chairman of the APC Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Alhaji Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi and its Director-General, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman, also underscored the need for Nigerians to reelect President Muhammadu Buhari, to consolidate on the innumerable positive gains Nigeria has made from 2015, to date.