The National Directorates for Employment (NDE), has on Tuesday disbursed N4.4 million to 440 women in Kano State.

Speaking during the disbursement, the NDE Coordinator in Kano, Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed said it was aimed at encouraging growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).

According to him, the women empowerment was part of the Federal Government efforts to assist them economically.

He added that the Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MEES) was to enable them to exploit their full potential and live a more productive life.

Ahmed called on the beneficiaries to make proper use of the Empowerment, as such will encourage the government to provide them with more.

“I want to assure you that soon, no fewer than 44,000 people would benefit from another Federal government empowerment programme.

“Out of these beneficiaries, 22,000 will be women. Therefore, they are advised to go to their various Local Government Areas to apply for the empowerment.

“The empowerment will commenced in October, but the necessary processes have commenced, therefore you should participate” he advised.

In her remarks, the wife of the Governor of Kano, Hajiya Hafsat Ganduje commended the Federal Government for such initiative.

The governor’s wife was represented by the State’s Commissioner of Women Affairs, Malama Zahra’u Muhammad.

According to her, empowerment will go a long way in assisting the women, especially the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She called on the beneficiaries to use the fund for its  purpose, so that they can benefit from the next empowerments.

Also speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Khadija Rabiu, commended the government for such gesture.

According to her, that would go a long way to improve their social and economic well being, therefore ensured effective utilisation of the money to engage in productive activities.

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