The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, on Thursday, launched an empowerment programme for 1,200 women in Borno South Senatorial District.
The women, some of whose husbands had been killed by the Boko Haram insurgents, received grinding machines, sewing machines and cash gifts.
A statement by Ndume’s media office in Abuja, explained that the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Usman Kadafur, handed over the items to the women.
The statement added that the wife of the Senator, Hajiya Maryam, also donated an electric transformer to the people of Galtimari ward in Biu.
The Deputy Governor appealed to the beneficiaries not to sell the items given to them but to use them for the purpose they are meant for.
The local government areas, which benefitted from the largesse are Biu, Hawul, Kwaya, Bayo and Shani.
The second batch of the 600 women, according to the statement would hold in Askira/Uba for the women of Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza local government areas.