Kano State government yesterday said it has launched the first segment of the Ganduje Mass Economic Empowerment Programme (G-MEEP), covering 520 women and youths across the state.
Beneficiaries of the programme were presented with grinding machines, sewing machines, spaghetti making tools and Masa/Kosai fryers and a working capital of N5, 000 each.
Ten beneficiaries were drawn each from 36 rural local government areas, while 20 were selected from eight metropolitan local councils.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, said the administration is investing in the development of skills, talents and entrepreneurship of women and youths so as to address unemployment, which he said is one of the biggest challenges of the state.
“I am therefore particularly excited that we are launching this programme with the hope that it will redefine the way we engage and support the empowerment of our young people and women going forward. I want to encourage all of us to join hands with the government in this direction to enable our youth achieve their goals,” the governor stated.
He added that beneficiaries of the programme will be sent to their respective local governments to receive training and requisite skills and experience that can improve their lives in their chosen field of empowerment.