19th February, 2022
By Yakubu Uba
Governor Babagana Zulum has disbursed N100 million to 152 youths, who renounced thuggery, to enable them to set up their businesses.
Zulum inaugurated the disbursement exercise in Maiduguri on Friday.
According to him, the gesture was to assist the youths who completed one-month entrepreneurship training to engage in productive activities and contribute to the social and economic development of the state.
He said that 16 of the beneficiaries would receive N2 million each as seed capital while 136 others would get 500,000 each.
The beneficiaries are expected to repay 50 per cent of the money given to them in three years.
He also announced a scholarship award to one child from each of the beneficiaries families, adding that the state government would sponsor their education.
“You engaged in thuggery for many years but have nothing to show, with what we are giving you if you have good intention and the will to change, you’ll change for the better,” he said.
In his remarks, Alhaji Saina Buba, Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Empowerment, said the beneficiaries had been supported under a special programme tagged: “Super Youth Entrepreneurship Training.
“It is the first time in the state that many of the youths who engaged in thuggery since 1999 would be trained and get support.
“We hope it will go a long way in addressing thuggery in the state,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Mustapha Mohammed, Director of Entrepreneurship, Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, said the youths were exposed to various trades including animal fattening, fisheries, poultry, entrepreneurial skills and e-business.
One of the beneficiaries, Tijjani Daga, lauded the gesture and pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the support to improve their lives.
“We are grateful to the governor for the support, and from today it is bye-bye to thuggery,” he said.