The Kano State Government has spent the sum of N275 million on youths empowerment, the state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje said.
Ganduje stated this in Kano, North-West Nigeria, during the flag-off of its newly introduced cash transfer disbursement to 8, 800 youths at the Government House, Kano.
According to him, the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries start their own businesses in order to become self-reliant.
“The programme is driven by the need to encourage our youths to be self-employed and to establish their own businesses.
“A total of 8,800 youths drawn from across the 44 local government areas of the state will benefit from the empowerment and each of them will receive N20,000.
“Another set of 6,600 comprising women only will also benefit from the programme and each of them will get N15,000,” Ganduje said.
The Governor said that the empowerment programme introduced by the state government had reduced youth restiveness, criminal activities and other anti-social behaviours.
Earlier, the state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule -Garo, said the programme was designed to empower unemployed youths in the state.
Sule-Garo said that the measure would go a long way in complementing the efforts of the Federal Government toward addressing unemployment, especially among youths in the country.
He also urged the beneficiaries to utilize the money for the purpose for which it was given to them.
Amaka E. Nliam