The Governor of Bauchi state, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed on Thursday distributed 655 units of Keke Napep under the second phase of the initiative and 154 units of commercial motor vehicles for the improvement of transport system in the state.
In a statement signed by Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Bala explained that the distribution of the vehicles was part of his administration’s readiness to give citizens the opportunity to participate in more viable economic activities for self reliance.
He said the idea to initiate and undertake the vital projects was convinced out of his sincere hope, care and concern towards moving the state out of poverty.
“Today, Thursday, the 3rd of December, 2020 is very important for me as your elected Governor who has promised to serve you, hence to express my gratitude to Almighty Allah for making it possible to Commission and distribute these two vital economic tools for the benefit of our teeming number of beneficiaries, their families and the general public.
“The combined projects of Keke Napep and Commercial Motor vehicles I am going to Commission now were executed under the umbrella of what the planners termed and called Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme(KEEP 2020).” He noted.
He further disclosed that the 3rd components of disbursing interest free commercial loans to traders and artisans in the state is at concluding stage.
According to him, money in cash will be released to the leadership of the traders through the Ministry of Cooperatives to arrange, disburse and recover same at the appropriate time.
“The same Ministry is now recovering what was disbursed by the previous administration for further release to fresh beneficiaries as revolving scheme.” He said.
The governor explained that the three components of the programme became a necessary alternative for the state government to create, initiate and open more avenues for the empowerment of unemployed youths.
“Since Government cannot accommodate all its workers, room for private sector driven activities needs to be expanded.”
“With today’s ceremony, our streets will be busier with number of Keke Napep and our motor parks will be in activities for an improved transport opportunity.”
In their separate remarks, the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Sulaiman and State Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam applauded Governor Bala for fulfilling most of his campaign promises especially in the area of empowerment.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Alhaji Modibbo Ahmed expressed gratitude to the Governor for supporting the Ministry to come up with various empowerment initiatives for poverty reduction.