Poverty, Unemployment: Zulum engages youths with N100 million grant in Borno
By Njadvara Musa
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Thursday in Biu disbursed N100 million grants to 1,000 unemployed youths from wards in Biu local council.
He said that the grants are start-up capital for the micro and small businesses to stimulate the local economy of Biu.
Flagging off the disbursement, yesterday, in Biu, Zulum disclosed: “The N100m grants to unemployed youths was the fourth to fight poverty and unemployment among youths and women.
He said that the State government must sustain its fight to reduce unemployment and fight poverty and youth restiveness in the state.
According to him, poverty has played a crucial role in the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency that claimed many lives and property.
He noted that his administration was doing everything humanly possible to assist vulnerable citizens across the state.
The governor urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the grants to restore their livelihoods.
Since 2019, over N25 billion have been disbursed to thousands of low-income citizens, especially the unemployed youths, physically challenged as well as aged men and women in fighting poverty in the state.
The governor had also launched economic packages which offered cash support to small and medium-scale entrepreneurs through trade associations, in order to stimulate their businesses.