The government of Kaduna State has said that the Women and Youth empowerment program,(WYET),under the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Likelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project,is very dear to the state
This was disclosed by the Deputy governor, Hajia Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe,represented by her Deputy Chief of Staff,Barrister James Kanyip,at APPEALS, One-Day strategic stakeholders meeting in Kaduna.
According to the Deputy Governor,the Women, Youth Empowerment Program (WYEP), is dear to Kaduna State Government as the would like to see that the program succeeds inline with its objectives for the benefit of the citizens not only in the state but the country at large
Adding that, the program is timely and apt considering the fact that the country is now de-emphasing on oil into other sources of revenue hence the effort of government in given its citizens other opportunities through the various Value-Chains.
In the same vein, the Women and Youth Livelihood Specialist, Ibrahim Yakubu, in reviewing the Progress of the Women and Youth Empowerment components of APPEALS, had appealed to the State Government to upscale the size of beneficiaries.
Stating that, the World Bank Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) Project Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) component has 10,000 direct beneficiaries,
He pointed out that the Women and Youth empowerment program,WYEP, is focused on 10 Value-Chains, with the aim of giving business and entrepreneurial training, support for businesses and grants and lots more to they beneficaries to strive.
Adding that, 50 per cent of the Beneficiaries under the component are Women and girls and while 5-10 percent will be People living with disability
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,,stressing that, the BIP preparation and review cuts across the three zones in the state, Zaria,Kaduna and Kafanchan,.
He further said, those yet to be trained due to outbreak of COVID-19 will get their training in November this year.