Yobe Government Empowers 200 Women

The Yobe State Ministry of Women Affairs has distributed business startup items to two hundred women as measures to empower the women folk in the state.

The 200 beneficiaries were drawn from Geidam and Yunusari Local Government Areas of the state, some of the Local Government areas worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The empowerment programme is designed to counter violence extremism by gainfully engaging the women in several means of livelihoods which brought together women across the two council areas.

Speaking during the distribution of the materials to the beneficiaries, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajara Lawan, said the beneficiaries were chosen after the Northeast Regional Initiative (NERI) in collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs and provided six training workshops to boost the morale of the women on how to improve their business and living peacefully with one another.

“In order to reduce the gender base violence, among women, efforts were made to build local capacities especially those affected by the insurgency to be economically self-reliant and to be able to develop themselves and their dependents.

“NERI in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs in area of humanitarian support provided six training workshops on the participatory approach to peace, education and leadership roles in becoming an entrepreneur.

“The six days training was to boost the morale of the women on how to improve their businesses and live peacefully with one another in marketplaces.” Hajara Lawan said.

While congratulating the beneficiaries, the Commissioner solicited the cooperation of NERI in extending the gesture to cover the 17 LGAs of the state.

The chairman Geidam Local Government, Mulima Idi-Mato commended the donors saying it will go a long way in improving the lives of the women.

“These materials will go a long way in improving the lives of our women and we appreciate the composition of the beneficiaries which cut across irrespective of any differences.

“Let me thank NERI and the Ministry of Women Affairs for this gesture which will in no small measure alleviates the sufferings of our displaced women,” Idi-Mato said.

Beneficiaries in their separate responses appreciated the efforts of the donors for coming to their aid and assured that the materials will be judiciously used in improving their living conditions.

The distribution ceremony had in attendance opinion leaders, political office holders as well as traditional rulers who all applauded the gesture which will go a long way in alleviating poverty particularly among the womenfolk within the areas.

Yobe Govt. Flags Off Distribution Of Radio Sets To IDP’s

Yobe, Yobe state government on Tuesday, commenced the distribution of 5000 radio sets to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state.

The government believes giving the IDP’s transistor radio sets would keep them conversant with happenings across the globe.

Flagging off the distribution exercise at the Pompomari IDP camp in Damaturu the state capital, the state commissioner of home affairs, information and culture, Aji Bularafa, said it would also enable them contribute their opinions in the daily activities of governments.

The commissioner noted with dismay, that the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency displaced the people, thereby depriving them access to timely and accurate information.

“Today’s occasion is catalyzed by the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), to fill the gap in the information dissemination process in our communities.

“The 5,000 radio sets are provided to the state government by NERI, through bilateral agreement for distribution to IDP’s in the 17 LGA’s of the state.

“It is my fervent hope and believe that these radio sets would help in providing the necessary information on the activities of government to the IDP’s, which may eventually enlighten and educate them, thereby giving them the opportunity to express their views and opinions,” the commissioner said.

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Internally Displaced Persons In Yobe

He disclosed that the state government has been magnanimous in the area of providing both food and non-food items to the IDP’s.

The state coordinator of the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Mr Kachalla Abacha, also added that the aim of providing the IDP’s with the transistor radio is to bridge the gap between the government and the governed in the area of keeping themselves up to date with happenings.

He described the radio as an indispensable companion that would help them know and contribute to the nation’s development, he therefore urged beneficiaries to make the best use of the facility.

“Radio is a ubiquitous medium which is very important in the area of educating, entertainment and enlightening the populace.

“This medium will help them know of developments and contribute their opinions that will directly or indirectly shape the policies of government at all levels,” Mr Abacha said.

Since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency and with the presentation of food and non-food items to the IDPs in the state, this is the first time the Displaced Persons are been provided with a transistor radio which the government believes would help to educate, enlighten and entertain them while in the camp.