By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
Nasarawa State Government has empowered 50 women in the state with 100 goats to enhance their economic independence.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Rufa’i-Ibrahim, who presented the goats to the beneficiaries in Lafia, said the gesture is to further demonstrate government’s determination to empower women to enhance their capacity and socioeconomic statuses.
Hajiya Rufa’i-Ibrahim explained that the empowerment became expedient after the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs had trained the women in animal husbandry in collaboration with the state government.
“On Oct. 14, all of you participated in training on animal husbandry to equip you with the knowledge and skills to rear and manage goats within your environment.
“After the training, the ministry felt it was necessary to support you to practice the knowledge and skills you acquired at the training,’’ she told the beneficiaries.
The Commissioner said the state government was committed to ensuring the success of the programme and enjoined the beneficiaries to reciprocate government’s gesture by rearing the animals.
“This way, government will be encouraged to commit more resources to expand the programme so that others can benefit,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Dr Ibrahim Musa, Lecturer, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, advised the beneficiaries to protect the goats from heavy rains and from intense sun.
He also advised the beneficiaries to increase the feeding of goats in pregnancy and when they have just kidded and also to ensure to vaccinate and deworm the animals every six months to increase their productivity.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Hannatu David-Luka, Nasarawa State Coordinator of Association of Women Farmers of Nigeria, thanked the state government for the empowerment.