Katsina State government has approved a monthly stipend for physically challenged persons resident in the state as part of its poverty alleviation programme.
It has also concluded plans to provide soft loans to women treated for Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) disease. Special Adviser to the Governor on Poverty Alleviation, Bature Umar Masari, disclosed this to newsmen, yesterday, in Katsina, the State capital.
He said that the facility which also includes free medical care would be jointly financed by the state government and the 34 Local Government Areas in the state and added that, “the sum of N160million would be spent within the one year of the pilot scheme.”
Masari said that the welfare package for the disabled was part of new programmes initiated by the state government to improve the living condition of women and youths in the state and listed other newly introduced social welfare programmes in the state to include disbursement of soft loans to graduates of Business Apprenticeship Training Centres (BATC’s).
The Special Adviser disclosed that the sum of N1million had been earmarked for disbursement as soft loans to trainees from the state’s BATC’s and skills acquisition centres “to enable them set up small businesses in welding, carpentry, tailoring and pottery.
“The state government has also approved an intervention for the resettlement of VVF treated patients who will be assisted with funds to establish businesses to facilitate their re-integration into the society” Masari said and noted that “N20, 000 will be disbursed to each woman.”
While reaffirming the state government’s determination to improve the living condition of the citizenry, he said that the programmes would commence before the end of November and assured that “all would benefit regardless of party affiliations.”