The Katsina State Government has extended the disbursements of financial empowerment

opportunities to cooperative groups and vulnerable households, as part of measures aimed at poverty reduction.

The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Alhaji Muktar Abdullahi, told The Nation, yesterday in Katsina, that several cooperative groups have received several interventions from the state government.

He further listed the interventions to include: the provision of a soft loan of about N145m as a revolving loan to vulnerable households, granting of N134m to Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), to alleviate their business challenges, granting kola Nut Sellers Association the sum of N30 million as a revolving interest-free facility, shared between the three senatorial zones of the state.

The Commissioner also announced other future interventions to include the Keke-Napep Cyclists Association as well as other empowerment applications on the waiting list.

He said; ’’when we had this COVID-19, it has changed completely our plans, our programs, but be that as it may, we’re able to train, youths across the 34 local governments for entrepreneurship in collaboration with SMEDAN.

‘’And they were given certificates, I think we started in October and it spilled to November.
‘’The year is just starting now, we are looking ahead for better programs with expectations that we’ll be able to meet up with the budget aspirations, you know we’re hoping this year to improve on the training that we have done before.

‘’currently, there is another training that some group of association brought, the idea for Poultry and Skill Acquisition programs that we are yet to get the approval of His Excellency, but we have packaged it and we don’t want to preempt it because everything is subject to availability of funds.”

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