Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has flagged off the second phase of the empowerment programme for women, youth, physically challenged and artisans in the state.
A statement by his spokesman, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said the second phase of the empowerment programme would cover over 2,000 beneficiaries selected across five categories of small business, trade and artisan and associations.
He explained that the beneficiaries of the project would include 200 tea hawkers, 200 Masa sellers, 200 beans cake and 200 soya beans cake sellers, and 200 physically challenged.
Others are Sickle Cell Group as well as members of the Nigerian Automatic Technician Association (NATA) and Gombe Automobile and Allied Technicians Association of Nigeria (GATAN).
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Misilli added said that through these direct multicultural interventions, the governor had touched the lives of over 10,000 people across the state, projecting that more than 100,000 people would indirectly benefit from the programme.
The governor also used the occasion to unveil the plan to empower additional 25 associations.
Earlier, the governor’s wife, Hajiya Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya, her husband for formulating pro-women policies and programmes geared towards addressing the plight of especially vulnerable groups by making them self-reliant.
She urged the beneficiaries to use the items for the intended purpose.