Empowering women: Taraba government disburses N200m grant to affinity groups

The Taraba state government, through the Nigeria for women project (NFWP), a World Bank-funded project housed in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, on Wednesday announced a $200 million grant disbursement. naira to female affinity groups in the state.

Governor Darius Ishaku, speaking on the occasion at Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo, said the World Bank-funded Individual Livelihoods Grant was a deliberate effort by his administration to enable desirable women to become dependent safe in Taraba.

According to Ishaku, empowering women was key in pursuing poverty reduction given the female population in the world, and commended the World Bank for finding Taraba State worthy of the project.

Previously, the Chairman of the State Project Steering Committee and Deputy Governor of Taraba, Engr. Haruna Mannu, explained that the Nigeria Women’s Project (NFWP) was a World Bank-funded project within the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, ready to support and improve the livelihoods of women, aged 18 and above. in 3 LGAs in each of the six pilot states of Ogun, Niger, Abia, Kebbi, Akwa Ibom and Taraba through the formation of female affinity groups.

“In Taraba State, the Nigeria for Women Project is targeting a total of 54,000 women in the 3 implementing LGAs of Zing, Bali and Takum.

“So far we have a total of 2,166 WAGS made up of 50,431 women.

“We commend Governor Darius Ishaku who has been very supportive especially in approving a N200 million matching fund which will go a long way in ensuring the success of the program in the state.

“Today, some of our women from these communities where the intervention is planned would receive grants to support and improve their livelihoods.

“We wish to ask the World Bank to extend this project to have full coverage of the intervention in the State”. Mannu acknowledged.

Mr. Michael Gboyega Ilesanmi, the World Bank Task Team Leader, revealed on the occasion that Taraba was the second state to produce 2000 waxes for the project in the country, and commended the government’s efforts to the state to provide matching funds for the success of the project.

Ms. Ruth Mshelia, the national coordinator of the program also noted on the occasion that 11,562 affinity groups of women were able to emerge in the state, making Taraba the highest among the six pilot states where the project is being implemented. work.

Mara R. Wilmoth