Once again Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, encouraged single men and women who had been given money by government to marry in the past and abandoned after the marriage ceremony, with no means of survival.
Governor Special Advisor on Skills Acquisition, Hon. Amina Iliyasu, who stated this in her speech, also praised the Governor’s passion and determination to develop the state’s youth by training on different trades and technical skills.
The initiative is to ensure that unemployed youth are encouraged to fend for themselves and take care of their families, and to eliminate instances of armed banditry, abduction, robbery, and other antisocial activities that she considers to have been the result of unemployment.
The statement made available on Sunday to our correspondent in Kaduna also confirmed that the initiative was intended to make the youth self-reliant, saying the program was planned to achieve its desired goals.
“These crimes under Governor Matawalle ‘s dynamic leadership have been significantly reduced to the minimum level,” she said, adding that starting the program would elevate Zamfara youth by giving them a better livelihood.
The legislation added that “Both married men and women who were forsaken in the past after having provided money to marry with no means Abandoned married men, women empowered by Zamfara state Govt
The statement continued that “both married men and women who had been dumped in the past after giving money to marry without any means of subsistence, had been motivated by Governor Matawalle,” adding that unemployed young people could now fend for themselves and take care of their families.
Speaking also of the kind gestures of the state’s First Lady, the Adviser said that those who were abandoned, particularly rural women, were given twenty thousand naira (# 20,000) each from the governor’s wife’s office as empowerment to kick-start small businesses to improve their living.
Youth are not left out of this kind of initiative, as the Zamfara Social Intervention Program (ZASIP) empowerment scheme still offers ten thousand naira (# 10,000) a month to finance themselves.
She said that the governor knew immediate and distant sources of vulnerability, but put mechanisms in motion to fix root issues, adding that the governor disliked scraping the surface and allowing it to emerge in a new or identical way in the future.
She added that the governor had returned more than 25,000 IDPs due to armed banditry to their homes, which increased the number of unemployed youth throughout the 14 State Local Government Areas and necessitated the rehabilitation of some centers that created space for the World Bank to supply a variety of equipment such as computers, tailoring machines, knitting machines and many more in 8 centers.
“We were on the verge of nearly losing everything because of the poor leadership of previous governments who did nothing to resolve governance-based problems in the state.