By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
No fewer than 2, 160 women in Sokoto state on Monday began to reap from the next level agenda of the APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari with the flag off by Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of the disbursement of N108 million under the Conditional Grant Scheme(CGS) of the Small and Medum Enterprises Development Agency ( SMEDAN).
Wamakko who is the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum and Coodinator, North West, Presidential Campaign Council said during the ceremony that ” this is part of the total commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to make Nigeria , as well as further uplift the living standard of Nigerians , especially the masses .
According to the Senator who represents Sokoto North senatorial District in the National Assembly, the scheme and various others like it were in line with the ideals of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) and those of the President.
The immediate past governor of Sokoto state however, noted that, the gesture would help to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment and idleness among women, who are good managers of men and materials .
” This invaluable gesture is part of many like it, being doled out to Nigerians, in the bid to make them to have comfortable lives and their families .
” President Buhari is also committed to serving Nigerians honestly, diligently , piously and patriotically.”
He also acknowledged that the recent reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari by Nigerians was a reflection of their determination to be taken to the next level of good governance with full opportunities adding ” is a demonstration of their resilience and commitment ti what they want. It is highly commendable and this should be capped next Saturday , with the election of APC Gubernatorial Candidates, across the nation.”
Wamakko further admonished the beneficiaries to use the funds judiciously , to uplift their various families and the society ,at large .
Also speaking, the Minister of State, Industries, Trade and Investments , Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, represented by Alhaji Badamasi Bello, also renewed the commitment of the Federal Government, ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that , Nigerians live a better and more befitting life .
Also, the Director -General of the Agency, Dr Dikko Radda, said that, each of the 2,160 women, drawn from across the twenty three local governments in the state, would be given N 50,000.
According to Dr Radda, the beneficiaries would also be properly trained ,while each of them would have an account opened for her at one of the commercial banks in the state.
A spokesman of the beneficiaries, Shehu Balle , promised to use the grants judiciously, so as not to defeat the laudable objectives of the scheme.