Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said that his administration has spent N208 million ($573,000) to empower 5,200 Masu Shayi (tea sellers) in the state.
The governor made the announcement during an empowerment programme at the Government House, Kano which was organized for beneficiaries that were selected from 484 wards in the 44 local government areas in the state.
The effort he stated was geared at improving the means of livelihood of the beneficiaries and that of their dependents.
“Our government attaches so much importance to empowerment programme because at the end, the beneficiaries will be self-reliant, thereby improving the economic capacity of the state,” he said.
The governor gave each of the beneficiaries N40,000 ($110) worth of empowerment packages – beverages, noodles, pasta, margarine, eggs and cooking oil – to improve their businesses.
Ganduje also urged the beneficiaries to always keep their business environment clean, stating that the items purchased were locally sourced.
He then advised the tea sellers to shun illicit substances and other related crimes.
The state’s Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sulengaro, said that the programme was designed to improve their standard of living.
He commended the governor for his foresight in empowering youths in the state.