By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Former Speaker, Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji has donated 1,000 motorcycles and tricycles to members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and unemployed youths in the state.
Rikiji who is the Chief of Staff to the Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said the gesture was one of his strategies to propel development through empowerment of the youths and vulnerable.
Rikiji represented by the Deputy Chairman, Zamfara state APC Caretaker Committee, Alhaji Musa Mallaha noted added that the gesture was in line with the Federal Government’s policy under President Muhammad Buhari to eradicate poverty, unemployment and other social security challenges in the society.
“Today, I brought 500 motorcycles and 500 tricycles to assist the unemployed youths, APC supporters, and poor households in the state. The gesture is aimed at empowering the beneficiaries to become self reliant,” he said.
The former Speaker called on the beneficiaries to utilise the assistance provided effectively so as to boost their economic status.
“You know, I prepare to empower people than giving them cash, l like to empower a person for him to be self reliant to be able to assist others below his level,” he said.
He said the arrangement was ongoing to also provide empowerment support to women small and medium scale traders.
“I am also compiling the list of 40 APC stakeholders and other vulnerable groups who will be supported with car each,” he explained.
Rikiji who appreciate APC stakeholders in the state over the recent reconciliation by the warring factions, said that “it would boost the party strength in the state”.
He called on the APC members in the state to come out en mass and participate actively in the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Namadi Zakari thanked the Gbajabiamila’s aide for the gesture.
“We appreciate Rikiji for this kind gesture, we will ensure judicious utilisation of the motorcycles and tricycles, we are giving the assurance of continued support to the APC,” he said.