The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, has empowered 500 women in Nasarawa state with grinding and sewing machines as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
Suleiman-Ibrahim, who is an indigene of the state said the empowerment was also to enable the women be self-reliant.
She commenced the distribution of the grinding and sewing machingon Tuesday, November 28 in the Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking at the event, the minister urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the machines, Suleiman-Ibrahim who is also an indigene of the state, appealed to all residents to continue to give the needed support to the Tinubu administration to enable him to serve them better.
She said; “President Bola Tinubu is determined to lift many Nigerians out of poverty, and the people of Nasarawa State will not be left out. By the grace of God, we will continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy throughout his tenure.
“The aim of distributing these machines today is to ensure that you all are self-reliant so that you can also contribute meaningfully to the growth of society.
“This is just the beginning. More empowerment programmes will be held across the state in due time. Please do not sell the machines. They should be used for the benefit of your families and the society”.
On their parts, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, and the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Zephaniah Jisalo, both commended their counterpart for carrying out the empowerment programme for her people.