The Federal Government has set aside a substantial amount of money in the 2016 budget to empower one million women through disbursement of loans.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who said this in Kano yesterday, added that to invest and empower one million women would have a positive impact on the country’s growth and their families. Kano is considered the largest city in Northern Nigeria, and second only to Lagos nationally.
He was in the Northern commercial city on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the government and traders, who lost goods worth trillions of naira in a fire, which engulfed Abubakar Rimi market in Sabon Gari.
Osinbajo, who said the scheme to empower one million women will give them access to loans to start whatever business they desire, added the President was determined to surmount the economic challenges facing Nigerians. Lagos and Kano have the largest population of women entrepreneurs in the country, and the federal government’s plans will not only enhance the lives of the recipients, but also the economies of their states of residence.
He assured the citizens that the nation’s lingering fuel scarcity and other hardships would soon be a thing of the past.The vice president said: “I want to assure you that better days are coming. There are myriad of problems inherited by the incumbent administration and we are not only determined, but committed to tackle and solve them.
“President Buhari appreciates the pains Nigerians are feeling now, he knows what is going on and I want you to know and we know that he is an honest man, who is determined to make sure that the common man in this country enjoys the dividends of democracy.
‘’I will like us to join hands together with the governors and the government, so that we can all prosper and work diligently for the country’s development. President Buhari-led administration is determined to induce a change in the nation’s circumstances.”
‘’I am here to commiserate with the market men and women, whose goods were recently consumed by a fire outbreak in Abubakar Rimi market in Sabon Gari. The market is the largest in West Africa, which is located where predominantly non-indigenes reside. But I learnt that in Kano, we have no non-indigenes, as everybody is a citizen, where people converge from here and there.’’
He added: “I commend Governor Ganduje for the massive structure being embarked upon by his government in rebuilding the market, which I hope would be a modern one that could be befitting and beneficiary.’’
Osinbajo laid the foundation of projects to be executed by the Ganduje-led administration, as well as inaugurated an empowerment involving 500 women and 60 waste disposal tricycles.The governor noted that when the fire started, the government searched for firefighting vehicles, but learnt that they had gone for service, a situation which, he said, frustrated the efforts of putting off the fire.
Source: The Nation