The Nasarawa State Government has concluded plans to empower 1,500 women and youths to ensure food sufficiency in the state.
The government has set aside N1.5 billon to empower the women and youths who are expected to invest in various agricultural activities.
Kwanta Yakubu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Youth and Sports stated this during a joint meeting with the ministries of Commerce, Youth and Sports and Women Affairs.
He explained that the programme was in fulfilment of the governor’s promise on what to achieve within his first 100-days in office.
He added that the beneficiaries would be registered under cooperative societies to be qualified for soft loan from the government.
“We would collaborate with the Bank of Industry in order to ensure a smooth and successful exercise.
“The government would also put machinery in place to ensure that the beneficiaries put in the monies only in agricultural related activities,” the governor’s aid added.
The SSA also said that plans had been concluded to train 250 youths from each Local Government Area (LGA) on bricks production.
“In the next one week, the youths from the various LGAs would be engaged in bricks production for a period to be determined by the company that would train them.
“At the end of the training exercise, the government would pay the money for the training and provide the youths with start-up packs to enable them establish their own production company and be self-reliant,” he said.
He added that apart from the two empowerment programmes, the government has a lot of other packages that would empower the youths and take them off the streets.