By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
So far, the World Bank Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) Project Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) component has registeted 484 business names with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
Women and Youth Livelihood Specialist, Ibrahim Yakubu disclosed this during Review of Progress Report on Implementation of WYEP in Kaduna State on Thursday at the Inception Meeting of the Technical Assistance for the Preparation & Review of Business Investment Plan (BIP) for Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) Beneficiaries in Kaduna State.
Ibrahim Yakubu said that WYEP is a sub component of the APPEALS Project which 1,700 are expected to benefit.
He said 50 per cent of the Beneficiaries under the component are female.
Yakubu explained that the value chain under this component includes dairy, maize, rice, wheat, cashew, ginger and others.
The objectives according to him, include attracting more people to farming.
He said the selection process of beneficiaries started with sensitization in the 23 LGAs in the state in 2019.
The specialist added that they also advertised on two national dailies , electronic media and social media.
Furthermore, he said they issued free forms to applicants and engaged in biometric capture of over 3,000 shortlisted applicants before verification, screening and selection of 1,700 beneficiaries through a very transparent process.
He said engagement letters were issued to successful 1,700 beneficiaries in December 2019.
He further announced that the beneficiaries were trained at three different centres, while those yet to be trained due to outbreak of COVID-19 will get their training in November this year.
He said the BIP preparation and review cuts across the three zones in the state, Zaria, Kafanchan and Kaduna.