By Salawudeen Olawale
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan, has disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has set aside N1.6 billion loan for women empowerment.
The minister, who asked women to pray for the safe returns of President Buhari from UK, where he is receiving medical treatment said, it was the present administration that brought security for women and children in the country with the defeat of Book Haram.
Alhassan stated this in Birnin-Kebbi during her visit to Kebbi State to flag-off Advocacy and sensitisation on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and NAWEF.
Alhassan disclosed that Nigerians could now sleep with their two eyes closed because of efforts of Federal Government that are yielding positive results.
Her words, “Out of the GEEP fund, the sum of N1.6 billion has been set- aside exclusively for women only. The women special fund is known as the National Women Empowerment fund popularly called NAWEF. Both the GEEP and NAWEF are financial inclusion and microcredit programmes.”
The Minister, informed the women that each beneficiaries could get between N10, 000 to N100, 000 which are repayable in six months with one month grace after disbursement, before repayment commenced.
She added that in case of individual defaulters, their group leaders would be held responsible while members of the group would be made to repay the loan.
While appealing to women to pray for President Buhari’s return, Alhassan said, “We thank you all women for your support during the last elections in 2015. We also thank you, our husbands because without you, we can’t do anything. We appreciated you all, we are partner in progress.