By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
At least one thousand women and youths in the Zaki and Gamawa local government area of Bauchi State have benefited from N150 million empowerment programme by the state government to improve the living standard of the people of the state.
Flagging off the programme in Zaki and Gamawa local government areas of the state, the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, said that the government has done so much in the area of Infrastructure development, pointing out that it has become imperative for the government to improve the living standard of its citizens, particularly women and youths.
Governor Mohammed said that when he took over the mantle of leadership in 2019, he met a state whose infrastructures was in shambles, adding that within the two years of his administration, the government has constructed roads, built hundreds of schools, hospitals, provided water amongst others.
“We are being critized by some people that we have been constructing roads without considering the welfare of the citizens and so, because of the promise we have made, that is why we remained adamant in our quest to develop the state.
“This same intervention will be replicated in the remaining 18 local government areas of the state. The sum of N75 million was expended in each of the local government.
“We promised during the electioneering campaigns, to provide infrastructures that include roads, schools, hospitals, water and have done more than 50 per cent. Despite dwindling resources from the federation account, we were able to execute all these laudable projects, this is to show you that we will accomplish more if you continue to support the government,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items donated to them to empower themselves and be self-reliant, saying that the present administration is poised to giving women a sense of belonging in the affairs of the State.
The intervention known as the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP), an initiative of the Bauchi State government, empowers women and youths with incentives that would alleviate poverty and provide them with job opportunities in the state.
The beneficiaries were empowered with Motorcycles, Grinding Machines, sewing machines, makeup kits, shoe making machines among others.