From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
Niger State government says his administration will continue to partner with Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) in easing the hardship of people of the state, especially women and the youths.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed this through his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Balarabe at the 5th anniversary and empowering women and youth intiative organized by SAFNAS Initiative, held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Hall on Tuesday.
The governor said over the years government has engaged several organizations by providing them with basic economic skills through training and retraining to reduce hardship at the grassroots to change the negative economic situation in the state.
“This is an opportunity phase where you will seek to explore new skills to make a difference in the world around.
“I hope you will not sell this items, they are not meant to be sold but to help you,” he stated.
Earlier, the convener, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Employment, Safiya Tanimu Nasidi said the programme is targeted more on the women and youths, encouraging them to take charge of their lives and improve their creative talents, as well as changing their value system of life. She added that more of this kind will be initiated that will be benefited not only at the state level but the country at large.
Speaking also, former Commissioner for Commerce and Investment, Jubril Mustaph commended the convener for the laudable project as it will take out youth restiveness and reduce domestic violence in the state.
The highlights of the occasion include goodwill messages from the Provost, Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Prof. Faruk Haruna Abdul-Rasheed and Project Manager, Youth Empowerment, Talba Samari with symbolic presentation of sewing machines to some of the beneficiaries and N2 million cheque from Endwell Microfinance Bank Limited to be benefited by 20 women, distribution of school bags and exercise books to some selected school pupils, unveiling of the SAFNAS Bago/Yakubu connectivity network, as well as launching the SAFNAS Initiative 5th anniversary cake.