By Julie Adams
National Directorate of Employment, NDE, in Nasarawa state, has disbursed over N1.9million to 190 women and youths across the 13 local government areas of the state.
State Coordinator of the organisation, Dauda Idris-Wase, who disclosed this yesterday at a ceremony, said the sum of N10, 000 each was given to the beneficiaries as loan under the NDE’s Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme, MEES to improve their living standard.
Wase, who pointed out that the gesture was done in collaboration with the Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Salifaf Sule, explained that measure was meant to assist the beneficiaries to enhance their operating capacity on micro businesses for the overall development of the country.
“We are gathered here today to support and improve the economic and social well being of 190 women and youths who were mobilised and actively supported by our women leaders and the office of the Nasarawa State First Lady”
“The beneficiaries will receive an empowerment package of N10, 000 under the Directorate’s Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme, MEES.”
“It is in line with President Buhari’s vision for ensuring a better means of livelihood for women, youths and the less privilege in our society,” he said
According to him, the 390 participants were currently in the second months of a three month vocational skills acquisition training in order to enable them become self-reliance and contribute their quota to national development.
He urged the beneficiaries to develop the right attitude in the utilization of the package in order to actualize the vision behind the MEES scheme.
The state Coordinator commended the NDE DG, Dr. Nasir Ladan for his continued efforts in creating job opportunities, as well as the reduction of unemployment across the country.
Also speaking, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule, the First Lady of Nasarawa State, lauded the Federal Government for being up and doing in tackling unemployment in the country.
Sule, represented by Larai Philips Shekwo, the wife of the Nasarawa State APC Chairman called on the beneficiaries and other Nigerians to support APC led administration to enable them succeed in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
In her remarks, the Chairman of the Occasion, Hajiya Hassana Nyelong, who is the APC woman leader, North Central Zone urged appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for tackling unemployment through jobs creation in the country.
Responding, a beneficiary, Mrs. Esther Luka, appreciated the Federal Government for the gesture and promised to utilize the fund judiciously.