Jigawa State Governor has stated that as part of his transformation agenda, women in the state will be economically empowered.
Part of that plan is the loaning of 600 goats to 200 women in Buji Local Government Area of the state.
Ali Safiyanu, the Information Officer of Buji LGA, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Dutse.
The goats were given to the beneficiaries in the 11 wards of the local government.
The program of goat sharing is under the Goat Rearing/Breeding Loan Scheme introduced to empower women in the state.
The beneficiaries would pay back the revolving loan in 18 months.
Mr. Safiyanu said the state’s APC Women Leader, Binta Shuaibu, gave the goats to the beneficiaries on Oct. 14, in Buji town.
He said that the women were given two she-goats and one he-goat to rear, adding that the breeds would give birth twice a year.
According to him, the women would pay back the loan with three goats.
The spokesperson quoted the APC women leader as explaining that the decision to give the beneficiaries goats was because of its economic value and simplicity in rearing.
“The government decided to give the women goats because of its economic values.
“Both the goat’s meat and its skin are needed.
“Feeding the animals will not be hard for them because of the availability of the animal feeds in their villages,” he said.
Mr. Safiyanu also said the state government also distributed 20,000 improved fuel economy stoves for free to local food vendors in the local government.
“The stoves were distributed under the state government’s ‘Women Food Vendors Support Program,’ he said.
Badaru Abubakar is the Governor of Jigawa State. He belongs to the ruling All Progressives Congress.