The Governor of Niger State Sani Bello Abubakar, has flagged off the first batch of individual grant disbursement to women of Gawu Babangida, Gurara Local Government area under the Nigeria for women project.
This strategic world Bank Programme is in collaboration with the Federal Government and Niger State to support women and improve their socio-economic status.
The Governor said that this signifies the commencement of funds disbursement in the pilot local government areas namely, Guarara, Again and Wushishi representing the three Senatorial zones of the state.
“The grant which is the second component of the project is to serve as an incentive to improve small business of the beneficiaries.”
The Governor said his administration will continue to demonstrate commitment to payment of counterpart funds, so as to attract more interventions to better the lives of the people, especially women as they are the bedrock of the families and the society.
“We applied a lot of efforts to ensure we came first in the Programme in the entire country and that is why the Programme is been flagged off here in Niger State by Sani Bello.”
The Governor further said that the support is to enhance their trade capacities.
” I have no doubts in my mind that women will use the funds for the purpose it is meant for, women have shown good example when it comes to such intervention”.
The Governor commended the state project coordinator Alhaji Sarki Bello and his team for making the state proud, also the Federal Government, World Bank, and others relevant stakeholders of the initiative”.
The Minister of women affairs Dame Pauline Tallen explained that the administration of president Muhammadu Buhari secured support from the world bank in a bit to help women overcome institutional and market failures, limiting them from improving their socio-economic status.
She added that the project has trained, empowered and connected women to enhance livelihood opportunities through the establishment of women affinity groups.
The Minister disclosed that 232 women are to benefit from the first batch of the disbursement with each having 60,000, while 875 are expected to benefit in the program.
However Mrs Ruth Mshelia, the National coordinator Nigeria for women project said the Programme target women drawn from six states across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
While announcing that Niger State came first in the performing chart out of the six implementing states with over 52,000 women beneficiaries in the states out of the 239,526 women targeted in the country.
She also added that the implementing states are Niger State for North Central, Taraba state for North East, Kebbi State to covers North West, Abia state for South East while Akwa Ibom for South South and Ogun State South West.