On Monday, 1,500 women and youths were empowered with a N15 million micro credit by the Federal Government in Kebbi to boost their businesses.

According to reports, the disbursement was done through the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Disbursing the loan in Argungu. The Director-General of NDE, Dr Nasiru Muhammad-Ladan said the programme was under its Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MESS).

He said the empowerment programme was designed to help the women and youths start and improve their own businesses, thereby contributing to the country’s economic growth, development and a cut down on poverty rise. He also made it known that 1,500 beneficiaries would get N10,000 each as financial support to start a micro business of their choice.

“In addition to the cash loan, the skill acquisitions centre in Argungu area of the state, has been provided with 52 new brand sewing machines, 52 knitting machines, 52 welding machines and 52 plumbing machines as well as 36-seater bus to convey the trainees to and fro the centre,”Muhammad-Ladan added.

The Director General, advised the beneficiaries of the 10, 000 exercise books and learning materials which he donated, to judiciously make use of the revolving loan and ensure good turnover for appreciable opportunity in the future.

In his remarks, the State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the loan to the people of the state.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malama Fatima Galadima thanked the federal government for the loan, assuring that it would be repaid within the stipulated time and used judiciously.

It was reported that the programme was part of the vocational skill development programme, special public works programme and rural employment promotion programme as well as small scale enterprises programme of the NDE.