As Kebbi State marked the 30th anniversary of its creation, no fewer than 5,889 people across the 21 local government areas of the state have started receiving the N550,000 Federal Government’s COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility Loan.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) launched the loan disbursement on Saturday in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital.
He said the facility was to enable the beneficiaries to recover from their losses caused by the lockdown following the Coronavirus outbreak.
Malami stressed that the Federal Government would continue to do more in order to actualise its policy of economic empowerment, attainment of sustainable development goals and lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.
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He said his appointment as Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had resulted in multifaceted contributions to the country.
“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Kebbi State, I congratulate the state government and people of Kebbi.
“It is at the instance of the state government that I was appointed a minister, which paved the way for me to make meaningful contributions to my country and my community.
“It is also important to state that out of the need to access government’s interventions, we actively engaged and worked with some federal officers from the state to establish non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Kadi Malami Foundation (KMF) and Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative (KDI), to support the citizens of the state with social amenities and diverse economic empowerment programmes,” he said.
Malami noted that the NGOs were able to empower more than 2,457 cassava farmers and 2,008 rice farmers across the state, to access soft loans under the Anchor Borrower Programme through the NGOs.
“The NGOs also facilitated enrolment of 3,000 people who are indigenous to Kebbi State as beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s Special Public Works Intervention, as well as the Youth and Students’ Support Programmes, including the distribution of JAMB forms to 1,000 candidates to enable them to pursue tertiary education.