The government of Katsina State has revealed that it procured 720 goats worth N104 million for distribution to women in the state as part of its women empowerment initiatives.
This disclosure was made by Alhaji Abdulkadir Nasir, the Special Adviser on Youth and Women Empowerment, at the launching of the programme in Katsina. Speaking during the event he said each of 240 women selected across the 34 local governments would be given two female goats and one male goat.
According to him, the animals were bought from Niger Republic and were highly reproductive and good for breeding. The special adviser said while urging the beneficiaries not to sell the animals and to make sure they take proper care of them;
“The goats are also insured for one year and veterinary officers will be going round in all the local governments to provide medication to the animals if the need arises.”
He further disclosed that the government paid out N30 million to 1,890 physically challenged people across the state to start small-scale businesses and also empowered one physically challenged person from each local government area with a shop, generator, charging board, recorder and N20,000 worth of recharge cards to establish a business.
Abdulkadir Nasir went on to say that the sum of N340 million was also disbursed to different organised trade associations in the state, all in a bid to boost small and medium scale businesses in the state.
Governor Aminu Masari who also spoke during the distribution ceremony, said the N104 million was part of the N2 billion loan obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the Katsina state government for the development of Small Scale and Medium Entrepreneurship.
The government has since come under criticisms for allegedly purchasing the said number of goats for N104 million.
In reaction to the women empowerment saga, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Media, Abdulhadi Bawa, in a statement said, Alhaji Abdulkadir Nasir was misquoted to have announced that 720 goats were to be shared by all the 34 local government areas.
“Another 1251 goats was set aside for interested groups and individuals who have interest in animal husbandry. This brings the total of goats purchased to 4500 against the erroneous figure of 720.”
“The total number of the 3,249 goats was shared among the 3 senatorial zones of the state in Tambu, Daura senatorial zone, Kabomo, Funtua senatorial zone and PPU in Katsina metropolis, Katsina senatorial zone.”
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