By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
The Special Adviser to Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives on Special Duties, Hon Usman Shehu ABG has in collaboration with Federal College of Horticulture Gombe State, trained and empowered over one hundred Kaduna State women on food processing and preservation technique to make them self reliant and useful members of the society.
The training programme which lasted for three days was bankrolled by the Former House of Representatives Member who represented Kaduna North Federal coynstituency from 2011-2015 and supervised by professionals from Federal College of Horticulture.
Participants at the program where trained on modern technique on how to process and preserve vegetables, fruits and other perishable food items among others.
Hon Shehu ABG said his passion, zeal and commitment towards his people at the grassroot were the driving factors that motivated him to organise the training program particularly to women whom he said where the most vulnerable in the society that needs to be empowered to rid the society of idleness that may lead to drug abuse and other social vices among Nigerians.
“Each of the over hundred participants was given a grinding machine and twenty thousand naira start-up capital to enable them start up a vocation of their own so that they will be supportive of their husbands.
“This is not the fist time I am empowering my people. I have done several ones in the past including computer training program, tailoring, soap making among others.
“I intend to continue in this direction of dispensing services and providing dividends of democracy to my people whether I am in or out of government. ” Hon ABG said.
Chief Imam of Malali Central Mosque, Malam Murtala Shanono who was assisted by Messrs Isiyaku Garba and Musa Yunusa in handing the startup package to the beneficiaries lauded the philanthropic gestures of the former Kaduna North Federal Legislator and challenged other politicians to emulate him.
Bilkisu Hamman, a beneficiary of the program said she can now process and preserve perishable food of different kind courtesy of ABG whom she said had been a blessing to his people.
Speaking in a similar vein , Talatu Sunday who displayed the grinding machine and cash she got from ABG said she was henceforth self reliant due to the training she got from the programme and pledged to judiciously utilize her training for the benefit of her family and others.
Habiba Umar who also benefitted from the programme said before now she had been a full time housewife who solely depended on her husband for upkeep said she can now support her family from proceeds of her vocation courtesy of ABG.