The fund disbursement which took place on Thursday in Wudil Local Government was through the Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMEDAN).
Auwal Aminu, Procurement Officer of SMEDAN, said the gesture was facilitated by a House Member representing Wudil/Garko Federal Constituency, Engr. Muhammad Ali-Wudil.
He said the effort was to reduce the hardship most of the people with small businesses encountered following the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking, Ali-Wudil said the support was aimed at empowering the unemployed youths to establish or boost their businesses.
He said that one of the major agendas of President Muhammadu Buhari was to fight unemployment among the youths.
“Since his inception into office, he has focused more in empowering the youths so that they can be self reliant. It has, therefore, become necessary for us to support him.
” We have empowered many people in my constituency, especially the youths and party members.
“Recently, we empowered over 500 executive committee members, party leaders, 350 women and other constituency members,” he said.
Ali-Wudil said that arrangements were on going to also provide support for students of Wudil and Garko studying in various higher institutions across the country.
He lauded the Federal Government for providing the SMEDAN grant, saying it would go a long way in reducing the economic challenges of the beneficiaries.
Hamisu Umar, one of the beneficiaries, said the gesture would help him to boost his small business.
Mairo Hamisu, another beneficiary, described the support as a welcome development as it would enable him establish his own businesses rather than depending on others.