Finance minister Zaina Ahmed on Saturday distributed empowerment packages worth N12 million to 3,300 women across 23 local government areas of Kaduna State.
The empowerment packages include grinding machines, cosmetology starter packs to women who were trained on cosmetics making, and cash to business women to expand their businesses.
Speaking at the distribution ceremony in Kaduna, the minister said the empowerment programme was in collaboration with National Directorate of Employment (NDE), who trained the beneficiaries and Buhari-El-Rufai Support Team (BEST).
“Realising that our women are not benefiting from government support, I decided to encourage them to form cooperative societies and together with BEST we partnered with NDE to train them.
“Today we are giving them starter packs to help them roll-out their business and for those with little business we are giving them cash support to expand their business.
Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Hajiya Mairo Al-makura also urged women of the state to give 100 support to APC and advised them against selling their votes.