The Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS), has empowered no fewer than 32 people including women, working on the society’s Farm City at Gaate, Nasarawa State with starter packs to aid them in their various activities.
The National Coordinator of NFGCS, Mr Tedheke Retson, said the move was part of the group’s efforts in catering for the welfare of its workers and make them more productive.
He said women were the first batch of 20 locals working on the farm to be empowered with N100,000 each to start any business of their choice, while 12 motorcycles were distributed among the most committed youths and technical male staff.
“We are not going to stop. We have to work hard to be successful. Your effort is the prayers I want from you and the achievement is my prayers.”
The NFGCS coordinator who described women as “the most important people on the farm”, said a new batch of beneficiaries would soon be announced.
He urged the beneficiaries to put the packs into judicious use for the benefit of their families and communities.
The beneficiaries, who took turn to express appreciation to management of NFGCS, said they were taken by surprise because they did not expect such gesture.
While promising to continue to put in their best, they said another chapter of their lives had been opened.
John Anzaku, Head of Carpentry Unit, who received a motorcycle, said he owed the NFGCS the responsibility to repay through hard work and pray for the continued progress of the group.
Sarah Matthew, one of the female beneficiaries, said she had plans of going into grains business with the money she got.
“I will start rice since it is currently in high demand to make profit,” she said.
Jonathan Maekiffi, a mason, said “it was like a dream when my name was announced during the selection.”
“I was not only surprised but I was wondering how it would have been possible for me to own a motorcycle worth over N200,000 but today Mr Retson has made that possible for me. I can now come to work and go around with ease.
“I am going to redouble my effort because I never knew he was taking note of how we conduct ourselves here. God bless him and NFGCS for us.”