By Ishaq Zaki
Gusau – Muryar Talaka Awareness Initiative, an NGO in Zamfara, has donated empowerment tools to 20 Almajiris, 10 youths and 20 women in the state under its empowerment programme.
The equipment was presented to the beneficiaries at the 2018 state annual conference of the organisation at the JB Secretariat, Gusau, on Sunday.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the state Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, commended the NGO for the initiative.
Wakkala said: “This is a very good development, the state government welcome this good efforts, we are ready to partner with organisations like this, we will continue to support you.
“The state government is appreciating your efforts, we are aware of the efforts you are making in providing assistance to the needy in the society.
“I call on all well-meaning individuals and organisations in the state to emulate this NGO and urge the beneficiaries to utilise the support given to them for the purpose it was aimed at.’’
The National Chairman of the NGO, Alhaji Zaidu Bala, said they are not a political or religious organisation, but established to raise a voice for the voiceless and supporting the vulnerable groups in the society.
Bala said that providing empowerment, educational and health support to the less-privileged, vulnerable and voiceless groups in the society are major activities of the NGO, aimed at reducing unemployment and poverty in the society.
He commended the state branch of the organisation for the initiative.
Bala also commended Wakkala, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, and other well-meaning individuals for their financial and moral support to the NGO.
The state Chairman of the NGO, Malam Hafizu Balarabe, said the assistance was aimed at complementing government efforts in tackling unemployment and reducing poverty in the society.
“As we all are aware, last year, at the 2017 annual Conference of this organisation, we provided educational support to less privileged children and sponsored of over 40 volunteer teachers in primary schools across the state.
“We are today presenting assistance of shoe-making and shoe-shining equipment to 20 children from Qur’anic schools, known as “Almajiri”, to support them to be self-reliant and reduce street begging in the state.
“We also provided spaghetti-making machines and 10 bags of flour to 20 women and barbing clippers to 10 youths selected across the state, to reduce unemployment and poverty,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dr Murtala Kaura-Namoda and Prof. Aliyu Jibiya presented lectures on “Youths Empowerment’’; “Unemployment and Dangers of Drugs Abuse in the Society’’ at the occasion.