By Ishaq Hardawa
Bauchi State Government has reaffirmed its determination towards sustain partnership with development partners on policies and programmes geared at lifting citizens out of poverty and unemployment.
State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Honorable Modibbo Ahmed Abdulkadir made this known at the inauguration of new officials of the Bauchi state branch, National Agricultural Mechanized Cooperative Society (NAMCS) held at Command Guess House Bauchi.
Modibbo Ahmed Abdulkadir said the women nurturing birds for wealth empowerment initiated by the society is a welcome development and will contribute significantly to economic development.
The Finance Commissioner urged the beneficiaries of the project to utilize the opportunity in order to boost and enhance their farming production.
In a key note address, the National President, National Agricultural Mechanized Cooperative Society, Dr Aliyu Waziri said the society would empower 65 women poultry farmers in each of the local government areas of the federation expected to produce about 125 million broiler bird per annum.
Dr Aliyu Waziri explained that, the empowerment was initiated to create job opportunities within the poultry business value chain in a move to ensure food security and economic development.
He noted that, NAMCS has 5 major projects strategically designed to create job opportunities in the agricultural sector thereby alleviating poverty, reducing rural urban migration and ensuring sustainable economic growth and development of Nigeria.
“NAMCS is determined to support its members across the states of the federation with facilities for modern farming system.
“Our Mechanized Agro Extension Service Scheme is structured to rebrand farming thought mechanization and making farming attractive and rewarding to young people in rural areas.”
In their separate remarks, the Commissioners of Cooperatives and that of Agriculture, Sa’adatu Bello Kirfi, Jidauna Mbami assured that the state government will give the necessary support for the success of the project in the state.
In her remarks, the Bauchi state coordinator of the society, Fatima Gidado said the women nurturing birds for wealth empowerment in the state is to engage the beneficiaries in poultry business to minimize the level of poverty especially in rural areas.
Fatima Gidado believed that, the programme would go along way in complimenting the numerous achievements recorded by the Bauchi state government in creating job opportunities, reducing poverty and improving the overall well-being of the people of the state.