Kwara State Government on Thursday empowered various people, distributing hundreds of tools, machines and cash to them based on their needs assessment.
At the event which was used to mark the empowerment, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said government has an obligation to ensure that no segment of the society is left behind.
The Governor added that his administration is committed to inclusive growth.
“Our objective for supporting this kind of initiative is to give everyone a fair sense of belonging. This is not tokenism as some people may claim. It is a form of economic inclusion which is important to strengthen societal cohesion,” according to the Governor.
He appealed to beneficiaries of the items to use them properly as a complement to their earlier training.
“Our appeal to the beneficiaries is to use it properly. I’m aware that some of the beneficiaries had earlier been trained and this is only to get them starting. For some others, it is government’s response to their needs assessment at this time,” he said.
“Every society is divided into strata and each of them deserves to be taken care of within available resources. This is what we are committed to. We will not leave anyone behind.
“A careful reading of our Economic Sustainability and Delivery Plan 2021-2024 shows clearly the direction we are headed. We are not just committed to opening up Kwara for sustainable development by building critical infrastructure, we are working very hard to achieve inclusive growth that brings everyone on board.”
The empowerment programme was midwifed by the Office of the Special Assistant on Women Empowerment headed by Hajia Bolanle Ismail.
The event was witnessed by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, top government officials and party elders.
Beneficiaries of the empowerment are spread across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Items distributed included sewing machines, grinding machines, deep-freezers, make-up kits.