By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Commercial vehicles numbering 154 units and 655 units of KeKe NAPEP were Thursday in Bauchi distributed to beneficiaries by Governor Bala Mohammed under the government’s poverty alleviation programme in the state.
The 655 units of the KeKe NAPEP were on the second phase pf the project, with the first phase flagged-off three months ago of 345 units already distributed to the people, as the distribution of 154 vehicles to members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) is also in fulfillment of the governor’ electioneering campaign promise.
Flagging-off the distributions of both the NAPEP and vehicles at the Urban Development Board’s premises in Bauchi, the governor said that distributions under the two projects were part of his administration’s readiness to give citizens in more viable economic activities for self-reliance.
The Governor explained that the idea to initiate and undertake the two vital projects was borne out of his desire, care, and concern towards moving the state and its people out of poverty, stressing that he has promised to diligently serve the people.
He therefore expressed delight, and gratitude to Allah for making it possible for him to commission and distribute the two viral economic tools for the benefit of the teeming number of beneficiaries, their families and the general public.
“The combined projects of KeKe NAPEP and Commercial Motor Vehicles I’m going to commission now were executed under the umbrella of what the planners termed and called ‘Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme 2020”, the governor who holds the title of ‘Kauran Bauchi’ told the occasion.
Senator Bala Mohammed disclosed that the 3rd component of disbursing interest free commercial loan to traders and artisans in the state is at concluding stage, leading to releasing money in cash to the leadership of the traders through the ministry of cooperative to arrange, disburse and recover same at the appropriate time.
According to him, the ministry is now recovering what was disbursed by the previous administration to further release to fresh beneficiaries as revolving scheme, saying the three components of the programme became a necessary alternative for the government to create, initiate and open more avenues for the empowerment of unemployed youths.
Bala noted that government cannot accommodate all its workers, hence the need for the expansion of private sector driven activities, saying “With today’s ceremony, our streets will be busier with number of keke NAPEP and our motor parks will be in activities for improved transport opportunity”.
The commissioner of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Alhaji Modibbo Ahed has earlier in a welcome address, expressed gratitude to the Governor for supporting his ministry to come up with various empowerment initiative for poverty reduction.