Katsina — KATSINA State government has earmarked the sum of N442 million for the execution of five youths and women empowerment programmes in the state, the Special Adviser to Governor Ibrahim Shema on Poverty Alleviation, Alhaji Bature Umar Masari, has said.
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, Masari said a total of N162 million is to be spent annually for medical care services and financial assistance of the 1,000 physically challenged persons selected from the 34 local governments of the state.
Masari said N13.5m is to be contributed jointly by the state government and the 34 local government areas of the state monthly, saying "while the state government is to contribute N5m, each of the 34 local governments is to part with N250,000 monthly."
He pointed out that about 3,000 youths who received training at various Business Apprentice-ship Training Centres (BATCs) from 2007 to 2011, would be given soft loans to set up their own businesses.
He said about N100 million is to be spent in the first year of the programme.
Alhaji Bature Masari further explained that another N100m has been approved for assistance to the associations of petty traders, butchers, automobile operators and Achaba riders among others.
The special adviser added that a total of N50m has been approved for onward sharing as intervention/assistance to 1,000 poor and needy women to enable them set up businesses. He said a sum of N30m has also been proposed for the resettlement of 1,500 VVF treated patients to enable them set up small businesses.
Masari said a 6-man committee has been set up with him as chairman to ensure smooth implementation of the programmes.