Women Empowerment: Kaduna Government Expresses Commitment to WYEP

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, said, the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP), a component of the World Bank Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEAL), is dear to the state government.

She noted that the project which emphasises women empowerment is a good way to actualise the state government’s desire to ensure that women become independent and have their own sources of livelihood.

Dr. Hadiza, who stated this on Thursday at the Inception Meeting of the Technical Assistance for the Preparation & Review of Business Investment Plan (BIP) for WYEP beneficiaries in Kaduna, added that the project will not only be beneficial to the state, but Nigeria at large.

Represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Kaduna State Government House Deputy Chief of Staff, Barrister James Kanyip, she said the government is committed to actualisation of the empowerment of women and youth in the state.

“As you are aware, the country now is diversifying from oil to agriculture so this is a good project,” she added.
The Deputy Governor charged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the state and excel in their various areas of value chain.

“I wish you well in this project, believing you will do the state proud,” she said.
She therefore, declared the meeting which attracted several ministries in the state, open.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Dr. Yahaya Aminu, Kaduna State Coordinator of APPEALS, said the purpose of the meeting is to inform key partners on the connection of the activity.

“To bring together relevant stakeholders at all levels to present and discuss the
WYEP grand mechanism focusing of the BIP. And to discuss and agree on implementation plans focusing on feasibility, a well as defining the roles and responsibilities of relevant partners” he added.

The WYEP component has registered 484 business names with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), according to Ibrahim Yakubu, a Women and Youth Livelihood Specialist, with the Project.

In his Review of Progress Report on Implementation of WYEP in Kaduna State, 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.

He added that free forms were issued to applicants, and that over 3,000 shortlisted applicants wereengaged in biometric capture of 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.

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