Nigerian Set To Disburse N1.6bn To Empower Women In 8 States

On a visit to the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in Lafia, Nasarawa, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, announced that the Federal Government has concluded plans to disburse about N1.6bn to women in eight states under its empowerment programme to support small businesses.

As she said, the loan known as the National Women Empowerment Scheme, is part of the N500bn social intervention fund endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari. She listed the beneficiaries of the loan as Nasarawa, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Abia, Osun, Jigawa, and Akwa Ibom states.

The minister also informed that other states will also benefit from Government Enterprises Empowerment Programme whose funds will soon be released. She also called on the Nasarawa State Government to domesticate the violence against persons prohibition acts passed by the National Assembly recently.

Alhassan divulged that the advocacy and sensitization tour was to inform women on the procedure for obtaining the loan without any form of collateral or bank specification as is the case with previous schemes.

Governor Al-Makura in reponse to the minister gave his assurance that he would send an executive bill to the state assembly for the act to be domesticated in the state and that he would ensure the empowerment programme achieve its set objectives in Nasarawa.

 

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