From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor’s wife, Hajiya A’isha Bello has flagged off women empowerment programme with a view to achieve drastic reduction in poverty in the state.
The programme was part of the state government’s plan to boost economic activities through provision of N20,000 to each of 100 women from the 14 local government councils in the state on monthly basis under the office of the governor’s wife.
While distributing the funds to the first 400 benefiting women derived from four piloting local government areas comprising Kaura Namoda, Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and Zurmi, Hajiya A’isha, said the aim of the gesture was to improve the wellbeing of women in the state.
“By collecting these monies, you are expected to start small scale businesses which in the meantime may grow enough to take care of yourselves, your children’s minor schools needs and to support problems surrounding your husbands.
“The State Government learnt that, your total reliance on husbands’ earnings was part of major challenges contributing to the rapid growth of poverty in the society, but in the situation whereby wives have acquired means of taking part of running the matrimonial affairs, the relation would be and remain cordial”, Mrs Bello has stated.
Earlier, the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Muhammad Ahmad Asha, called on the Governor’s wife to be very vigilante enough as he received a complaint from some of the beneficiaries that, the programme’s coordinator in the local government had been discovered she was giving either the sum of N1,000 to N1,500 to beneficiary as against the stated sum of N20,000.