The Sokoto State Government on Monday says it will distribute 3,500 pasta-making machines to women as part of its poverty alleviation programme.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto said in a statement issued by his media aide, Imam Imam in Sokoto that the beneficiaries would be drawn from across the state.
According to the governor, the administration has pursued the poverty alleviation programme consistently through the introduction of vocational skills for women and youths in the state.
He said that the state had made a name for itself as centre for social welfare interventions.
“This is aimed at transforming the lives of the less-privileged and also reducing dependency on handouts.
“The underlying theme behind government’s poverty eradication strategy is to create job opportunities and sustainable means of livelihood for the vast majority of the populace.
“This principle has guided government’s policy since it came on board over two years ago,” the governor said.
According to him, the government will procure thousands of units of sewing machines, grinding machines and additional 400 units of tricycles for disbursement in all the 23 local government areas.
Mr Tambuwal added that the government would reactivate existing cottage industries this year to train youth on various youth empowerment programmes.