Worried by the fate of the army of youths who staked their lives to vote and protect their votes, Governor Kwankwaso rolled out empowerment policies to help alleviate poverty among the people. From Lafiya Jari scheme, the employment of traffic assistants, the employment of more than 1,000 graduates, the women empowerment, down to the new-born taxi scheme, Kano youths are now enjoying the dividends of democracy under Governor Kwankwaso.
One of the pillars of the government’s empowerment initiatives is Lafiya Jari, a long-running initiative that empowers the youths on one hand, and on another hand brings affordable drugs to the people. A clear case of nipping two birds with a stone. Another interesting aspect is that the beneficiaries of this scheme during the first tenure of His Excellency between 1999 and 2003, have achieved an appreciable degree of success so far. For these youths, the sky is not just the limit but the beginning.
Determined to also empower the graduates of Health Technology and those of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery who were yet to secure gainful employment or entrepreneurial support from the previous government, Governor Kwankwaso directed for their inclusion in this highly-successful scheme. The new beneficiaries of this scheme are well trained and vetted in line with His Excellency’s penchant for manpower development and quality service delivery. After undergoing a formal training and obtaining their certificates/diplomas in healthcare service delivery, the present administration offered them a free take-off capital of N50,000 each.
But the empowerment package did not just stop at the formal training and the capital, the government went a step further to offer flexible micro-credit facility of N100,000 that will enable them buy drugs and other relevant stock. The beneficiaries are to utilise the amount to procure drugs from the state-owned drug consumable supply company in the form of a revolving loan repayable within 18-month period. Through this process, the government can also check the proliferation of fake and counterfeit drugs.
Already hundreds of beneficiaries of this scheme have started business, and they would soon go in concert with the earlier beneficiaries in terms of successes. And this is not just a one-off affair as it will run throughout the tenure of this government.
In order to have even spread of the scheme benefits in the 44 local government areas of the state, each local government presents their nominees who were screened through a transparent process by a panel. The membership of the panel is drawn from the Lafiya Jari committee, the Community Reorientation Committee (a hugely-successful sister scheme) the Kwankwasiyya movement (serving as a watchdog), and the Kano Proper Committee (a very vital committee that promotes good conduct and ethics in handling government affairs).
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