The Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has on Saturday, November 11, revealed that his administration has spend N208m to empower 5,200 tea sellers (locally called Masu Shayi in Hausa language) in the state.
Ganduje made the disclosure while distributing items that included cartons of noodles, cocoa beverage, liquid and powdered milk, tea, crates of eggs, nylon and cups, baskets, brown and white sugar, spaghetti and bread among others to the tea sellers from the 44 local government areas of the state.
The Governor also used the occasion of the distribution of items held at the Open Theatre, Government House, Kano, to announce that each of the beneficiaries would receive N40,000 cash as take-off capital.
Arguing that the gesture would improve the economy of Kano State, the Governor tasked the tea sellers to take the issue of hygiene seriously by constantly washing their hands and wearing hand gloves. He also said plans were underway to have them registered in other to more effectively monitor them and ensure compliance to best practices.
He described the distribution of the materials as a significant milestone and the first of its kind in the history of Kano, adding that it would also boost the economic potential of the tea sellers and their families.
“We are empowering 5,200 tea sellers. We are empowering them because we want to increase their economic well-being. We are empowering you to improve the economy of Kano.
We are empowering you to improve sanitation in your services; we are empowering you to improve the nutritional value of your services; we are empowering you because of the multiplying effects of this kind of program.”
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