The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed has distributed materials worth’s twelve Million Naira to over three thousand women across Kaduna State.
During distributions, the Minister said the empowerment programme was in collaboration with National Directorate of Employment who trained the beneficiaries.
The empowerment materials include grinding machines, cosmetology starter pack and cash.
Hajiya Zainab noted that women empowerment is a key to uplifting the living standard of women, especially in the northern part of the country.
She called on women in the state to help mobilise their husbands and community members to ensure APC’s victory in the 2019 election for more dividend of democracy.
Also speaking, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai thanked the minister for the empowerment, described the gesture as the first in the history of Kaduna state.
He said that the state government, through the Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development, is disbursing two hundred million as soft loan to women across the state to boost their businesses.
Governor Elrufai pointed out that, the amount would be increase to four hundred million naira this year and to eight million naira if re-elected.
He urged the women and people of the state to vote for APC in the general election.
Also speaking, Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Hajiya Mairo Al-makura advised women and the people of the state against selling of their votes.
The Director General of NDE, Dr Nasiru Ladan thanked the minister for supporting the women of Kaduna state.
Represented by the North West Zonal Director, Malam Abubakar Nuhu, appealed to the beneficiaries to make the best use of the items.