Augustine Okezie Katsina
KATSINA State Government said on Sunday that it had empowered about 1,083 women and over 700 farmers across the 34 local governments to engage in goat breeding and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-sponsored fishery programmes.
In goat breeding for instance, the women were said to have received goats and N50, 000 from the goat breeding programme set up by the government.
The Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari on Social Interventions, Abdulkadir Mamman Nasir, who made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the Government House, Katsina, said the women were part of the Katsina State Economic Empowerment Directorate (KASEED) programme and that N104,100,000 was expended on them across the state.
He said: “A loan amount of N300, 000 was given per local government area in 16 local governments. Fifteen local governments received N3, 100, 000 each, while three councils collected N3, 200,000 each.
“Fifty thousand Naira (N50,000) was given to each beneficiary, with 3,249 heads of goats disbursed to 1,083 women, which are the actual number of beneficiaries across the state and the total loan amount of N104,100,000 was disbursed.”
Nasir added that most of the women were doing well in their businesses with the loans they collected and that some had repaid with a lot of profits made.
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On the fishery farming, he said 70 fish farms were established for about 700 fish farmers and 360 additional personnel were engaged under the CBN anchored fishery production programme in Katsina State.
On the school feeding programme, the special adviser said about 10,000 women were projected to cook for about 834,401 pupils in 2,777 schools under the Federal Government-sponsored home grown school feeding programme.
He said cooks are to be assisted to acquire 10,000 phone lines from MTN.