The Borno state government in Northeast Nigeria says it is poised to engage as well as empower the youths for productivity.
The commissioner for poverty alleviation in the state, Hon. Nuhu Clack said poverty alleviation is one of the 10 point agenda in Governor Zulum’s led administration.
He said, “We were able to empower 1,158 identified Petty traders of customs market with a conditional cash loan of N 30,000.00 each which they are expected to pay half of the money back 15,000.00 within a period of five(5) years while the remaining half N15,000.00 is waved to help them boost their small scale businesses as well as to have access to more loan opportunities when they pay back to revolve the loan scheme.
He also mentioned that, “in an effort to reduce unemployment rate among the teeming youths we have engaged about 2,862 identified young people in public works through the ministry of poverty Alleviation which was launched in August, 2019 they were engaged in clearing drainage water ways, clearing heaps garbage on the streets among others.”
“The youths were paid a monthly stipend of N 30,000.00 for a period of six (6) months after which they are to be empowered with a start- up capital of between N 100,000 to 300,000 respectively”.
“Under the support of his Excellenc, Babagana Umara Zulum assistance was given to persons with disabilities categorized into the Blind, Leprosy patients, Deaf and Dump and the cripple in a bid to discouraged them from street begging, his Excellency empowered them with token of 30,000.00 each of them numbering up to 3,127, they were also given sewing machines.”
Ministry of Women Affairs
On a similar note, the Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, Hajjiya Zuwaira Gambo briefed newsmen on the achievements of the ministry so far.
The commissioner said:“The Borno family support primary and nursery school was establish for the vulnerable, orphans and those coming from the IDPs its a school that doesn’t charge fees in any capacity, when we first came we met the school in dilapidated condition and as we speak today the school is totally renovated.”
The commissioner mentioned that,“the blind school in Budum is renovated with modern fittings and facilities training centre was constructed, 6 toilet, and a mosque were all constructed a borehole and the school is well fenced now.”
However the commissioner stated the ministry was able to construct hostels at the Fatima Sheriff orphanage, she said the orphanage centre houses children whom must of their parents were killed as a result of attack by the insurgent.
“It is also part of the ministry’s responsibility to take care of such orphans, about 200 of them now are attending schools in Kano on the scholarship of Kano state government and support from our dear governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.
“Rape is on the alarming rate and lots of other domestic gender violence as regard to that we collaborate and partner with NGOs for a Psycho-social and any other social Support for the victims of this unfortunate act.”