In a move to check poverty among the rural poor in the FCT, a civil society group, the Al-Muhibbah foundation on Saturday empowered 300 women and youths with industrial tools that will enable them set up businesses of their own
The Foundation set up by Aisha Bala Mohammed; wife of the FCT Minister also gave a take off grant of 25 thousand naira each to 82 beneficiaries of the self empowerment scheme
The first Lady, Patience Janathan who flagged off the donation of the items, urged the organized private sector to emulate the gesture of Al-Muhibbah Foundation, noting that the on-going efforts by the Government to meet the Millennium Development MDGs would only be possible if women and youths are empowered to check poverty as well as infant and maternal mortality rate in the country
In her remarks, the Founder and Chief Executive of the AL-Muhibbah Foundation Aisha Mohammed said the item were distributed to the rural poor as part of activities lined up to mark the two years anniversary of the foundation, adding that rehabilitation works has commenced on the Christian cemetery while the Muslim cemetery located at Gudu district of the FCT has been rehabilitated with 22 million naira by the foundation.
Some of the items distributed by the foundation include: 63 Tailoring Machines, 52 Refrigerators, 39 Grinding Machines, 7 computers, Auto mechanic machines amongst others