Entornointeligente.com / By Ibrahim Bello
Governor Atiku Bagudu, on Sunday, donated N6.15 million to 205 women vegetable sellers in Kebbi state as part of efforts to encourage them to be self-reliant.
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Each of the 205 women received N30,000 from the donation, to boost their vegetable businesses.
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Bagudu, who announced the donation at the graduation of the benefitting women in Birnin Kebbi, said that all the women who benefitted from the program had received training in the preservation of perishable items
“The comprehensive training of the women traders was conducted by the state chapter of the Kebbi State Vegetables Sellers Association,” he said, lauding the association for the unparalleled gesture that was worthy of emulation by other groups
READ ALSO Kebbi marketers receive surgical masks, others items “The association needs to be commended for training the women in the business of perishable items and vegetables, which is a business dominated by men. I am quite impressed with this commendable initiative by the association, while others should copy from it
” I am appealing to more people in the state to form groups and cooperatives like this one, to get routine support from the state. My administration is ready to partner with any group and association, to further boost trade and commerce
“This is to further reduce unemployment and poverty while adding value to the economy of the state and that of Nigeria,” the governor said
READ ALSO Kebbi takes over federal constituency projects Earlier, Alhaji Umarun Basiru, the state Chairman of Vegetables Sellers and Perishable Foods Association, said the association initiated the training program to support women, who were mostly widows, to conduct small businesses to generate income and support their families
According to him, the women had undergone training on Perishable items for five months on modalities for buying, selling, and processing of the items
“We are willing, as an association, to sustain the program with another 1,000 women in 2021, with support from the government,” he said
Basiru commended the governor for his assistance, describing it as a time to keep the women actively involved in the business
Hajiya Amina Gwandangaji, a widow and one of the beneficiaries, said that even though she had been in business for the past ten years, the training had provided her valuable additional knowledge on vegetables and perishable items
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