Kebbi Governor Alhaji Atiku Bagudu on Sunday donated Naira 6.15 million to 205 vegetable vendors in the state as part of efforts to encourage them to become self-sufficient.
Journalists report that each of the 205 women received N30,000 from the donation, in order to boost their vegetable businesses.
Governor Bagudu, who announced the donation at the graduation of the female beneficiaries at Birnin Kebbi, said that all the women who benefited from the program had received training in preservation of perishable items.
“The comprehensive training of women traders was conducted by the state chapter of the Kebbi State Vegetable Sellers Association,” she said, praising the association for the incomparable gesture that was worthy of being emulated by other groups.
“The association is to be commended for training women in the perishables and vegetables business, which is a male-dominated business. I am quite impressed with this commendable initiative of the association, while others should copy it ”.
I am calling on more people in the state to form groups and cooperatives like this one in order to get routine support from the state. My administration is ready to partner with any group and association, to further promote commerce and trade.
“This is with a view to further reducing unemployment and poverty, while adding value to the economy of the state and that of Nigeria,” the governor said.
Earlier, Alhaji Umarun Basiru, state president of the Vendor Association of Vegetables and Perishable Foods, said that the association started the training program to help women, who were mostly widows, to conduct small businesses in order to generate income and support their families.
According to him, the women had received training on Perishables for five months on how to buy, sell and process the items.
“We are willing, as an association, to support the program with another 1,000 women in 2021, with the support of the government,” he said. Basiru praised the governor for his attendance, calling it timely in keeping women actively involved in business.
Hajiya Amina Gwandangaji, a widow and one of the beneficiaries, said that even though she had been in business for the past ten years, the training had provided her with valuable additional knowledge about vegetables and perishable goods.
He praised the governor for providing them with the start-up capital and promised to make the most of it.