From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, has empowered 500 women in Nasarawa State with grinding and sewing machines in order to help mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal and promote self-sufficiency.
Suleiman-Ibrahim while distributing the equipment on Tuesday in Keffi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, stated that the action was inline with the goal of President Bola Tinubu’s administration aimed at assisting small and medium-scale enterprises nationwide.
“President Bola Tinubu is determined in lifting many Nigerians out of poverty, and the people of Nasarawa state will not be left out. By the grace of God, we will continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy throughout his tenure.
“The aim of distributing these machines today is to ensure that you all are self-reliant, so that you can also contribute meaningfully to the growth of the society.
“This is just the beginning. More empowerment programmes will be held across the state in due time. Please do not sell the machines. They should be used for the benefit of your families and the society,” she added.
She urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the machines, Suleiman-Ibrahim whole appealing to all the residents to continue to support President Tinubu’s administration to enable him succeed.
On their parts, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, and the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Zephaniah Jisalo, both commended their counterpart for carrying out the empowerment programme for her people.
They urged the beneficiaries to utilise the equipment in order to motivate the Minister of State for Police Affairs to provide more assistance to them.
Hassana Lawal, a beneficiary who spoke on behalf of the others, thanked the minister for the empowerment initiative and expressed hope that the sewing and grinding machines will raise their standard of living.