As many as 25,459 women have been empowered with soft loans to improve their businesses by the Nigeria for Women Projects (NFWP) in Kebbi State.
The NFWP is a project of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Women‘s Affairs with the support of the World Bank with the aim of improving women’s livelihoods in geopolitical areas and states including Kebbi, Niger, Taraba , Ogun, Abia and Akwa Ibom.
In Kebbi State, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development is the lead ministry for project implementation.
Speaking at a press conference on the project in Birnin Kebbi yesterday, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu told those responsible for implementing the project that his government had, due to love for empowerment and women’s support, ensured that the project has strong support from state actors, leading to successful implementation in three selected local government areas of the state, namely; Argungu, Ngaski and Maiyama.
Bagudu, who was represented by his deputy and chairman of the NFWP steering committee in the state, Colonel Samaila Yombe Dabai, added that the government had provided a conducive office for the NFWP staff in addition to support for effective implementation. of the project.
The Governor revealed that the project also uses community-based approaches from Women’s Affinity Groups (WAGs) as a platform to provide support and to show that these platforms can be a foundation for women’s economic empowerment.
“Government has ensured that economically active women from the three selected local government areas aged 18 and above are engaged in WAGs, they learn about community savings, financial education, business, gender, and life skills as a way to help them improve their businesses, incomes and overall standard of living,” Bagudu said.
The Governor emphasized that his government, caring for women and children, will continue to ensure that women are empowered through various interventions, policies and programs.
NFWP in-state coordinator Yakubu Mohammed Yauri said the project, by the end of July, had engaged 359 neighborhood facilitators who had gone ahead to mobilize and train more than 2,471 affinity groups. (WAG) in the three selected local government areas.