The Jigawa State Government on Monday in Dutse said it would support 108 female groundnut oil millers with N270,000 seed money to start their own businesses.
Muhammad Mujaddadi, Special Assistant to the governor on Empowerment, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that each beneficiary would receive N2,500 to buy a sack of groundnut for oil milling.
“We discover that most of these women get five to six measures of groundnut on credit and pay back after they have milled and sold the oil.
“So government feels it is better to provide them with seed capital that will enable them buy the groundnut in large quantity to enable them make more profit,’’ Mr. Mujaddadi said.
Mr. Mujaddadi said four groundnut oil millers were selected as beneficiaries from each of the 27 local government areas of the state.
He explained that 74 of the beneficiaries had applied for the scheme while the remaining 36 were yet to submit applications.
Mr. Mujaddadi said the free gesture was part of the state government’s empowerment scheme aimed at eradicating poverty among rural dwellers.
“The gesture will encourage women to engage in productive activities and assist in developing small-scale businesses among women at the grassroots,” he said.
He said the government would continue to accord special priority to women, considering their vulnerability in the society.
“This will also enable the women to contribute meaningfully to the economic wellbeing of their families,” he noted. (NAN)