Wife of Bauchi state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar has donated 12 Million Naira to 1,200 women engaged in petty businesses selected from various localities across the 20 local government areas of the state.
The donation was made through a programme, Women Micro Entrepreneurship Support Scheme Programme being executed by her Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment Programme (B-SWEEP).
The scheme is part of various empowerment programmes introduced by B-SWEEP to help less privileged women in the state. It was conducted across the three senatorial zones in the state.
The programme was launched in Bauchi local government, for Bauchi South senatorial district, with 500 women beneficiaries who got N10,000 each while 400 women benefitted from the programme held in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area, for Bauchi North Senatorial District.
Three hundred beneficiaries, selected from 16 wards across local government areas in Bauchi Central Senatorial District were also given N10,000 each at a ceremony in Misau bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 1,200.
In her address at the ceremony in Misau, Mrs Abubakar said that, she was determined to help women in the state by giving them a token of N10,000 to help them develop their petty businesses.
According to her, the amount given to each of the beneficiaries, though not much, will augment their capital in the various trades and skills they are engaged.
She, therefore, called on the beneficiaries to use the money and further develop their petty businesses to sustain their families and strengthen their economics status.
She commended Governor Mohammed Abubakar, emir of Misau and other people who encouraged and contribute to B-SWEEP programmes.
In a welcome address, Professor Dije Bala disclosed that, the empowerment programme will go along way in helping women improve their financial status which will cushion the effects of poverty among the womenfolk in the state.
Professor Bala, who is a top official of B-SWEEP, said that, the NGO has also introduced a programme to help women who dropped out of school to further their education adding that, over 6000 women have been registered in the programme.
In his remark, B-SWEEP Chairman Board of Trustees, Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleman commended the governor’s wife for her contributions for the development of women and childrens in the state which he said has helped to reduce poverty among women.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Barrister Rukayya Ibrahim Kewa, the governor’s wife was undertaking various programmes in collaboration with the ministries of youth, sports and social welfare, education, Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA) as well as other Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.
In his address, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar commended his wife for complementing the efforts of the state government to empower women and youths.
Governor Abubakar, who was represented by the state Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Liman Bello, said that, the programme was in line with his administration and the federal government efforts to provide dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke after receiving their donations, commended the governors wife for the gesture.
Some of the beneficiaries,Aishatu Abdulkadir, Fatima Muhammad, Sabuwa Haruna, Khadija Abba and Laraba Karamba promised to use the money as additional capital in their various businesses and trades.