Kano state government has offered N500m vehicles loans to 2,600 civil servants, the state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said.
Presenting cheques to the beneficiaries at the graduation ceremony of 550 youths, who were trained in plumbing, tailoring, Plaster of Paris (
POP) and welding, Ganduje said the gesture was aimed at boosting the morale of workers in the state.
Ganduje said apart from prompt payment of salaries, government deemed it necessary to improve the wellbeing of its workers, hence provided the loan for them.
Turning to the graduands of the skills acquisition, Ganduje said present administration had passion to youth empowerment, hence would continue to empower more youths in the state, calling on the beneficiaries to utilise the equipments given to them.
He said, “We have realised that being the most populous state in the federation, Kano is at the risk because our population with either an
asset to us or a problem. This is why we embark on various empowerment programmes to reduce redundancy among our youths.
“Our empowerment programmes cut across various sectors. We are currently building a multi-billion skills acquisition center in the state which will be equipped with facilities worth over N2bn.Government has also concluded arrangement to send 25,000 teachers ftraining, as the first set of 20,000 teachers had completed theirs.”
The State’s Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, said the Gnduje-led administration had since inception empowered thousands of youths in the state.
He said, “First, over 10,000 youths from the 44 local government were empowered. Second, over 30,000 also benefitted. Third, 8,800 others from the 44 local government were empowered in various skills. And forth, 5,200 Yan Shayi were empowered.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Finance, Professor Kabiru Isa Dandago, said the vehicle loan scheme was suspended in the state for about five years.
“However, having recovered a total of over N120m from the previous beneficiaries, Governor Ganduje directed for the release over N500m from the strategic investment account for onward sharing among the applicants.
“We got 8,000 applicants, we have offered the loan to 2,600 now and by next month we will recover some money and give same to another set of applicants and we will sustain this system until all applicant benefit from the scheme,” he said.