By Mohammed kaka Misau, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has distributed empowerment packages amounting to N150 million to 1000 people in Toro and Dass local government areas of the state.
The Governor who was speaking in Dass during the distribution ceremony on Saturday, noted that security reports available to him indicated that in the cause of distributing the empowerment packages, some people are been cheated.
The Governor who was speaking in Dass local government area of the state on Saturday said that he got a security report that some people are being cheated in the distribution of his empowerment items under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
“Before I came here, I got a security report that there are some mummuring, there are some complaints in the way and manner some of those items were distributed because some people feel cheated”, the governor said.
According to him, the complaints have been noted and the government has taken action, adding that the matter has been addressed.
He said that the beneficiaries of the empowerment Programme are now owners of the items be it cash or working tool and are not under obligation to share it with anybody.
“The Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme is envisaged to help the people at the grassroot that cut across all interest groups, political parties where the beneficiaries are just selected from the local government irrespective of their persuasion, some of them are NGOs, civil society groups and so on and so forth”, the governor said.
He informed that the empowerment Programme followed the resolve of his administration to after fulfilling its campaign promises in the area of road construction, schools, hospitals and other infrastructures, embark on empowering the users of those infrastructures economically.
Governor who has earlier in the day distributed similar empowerment items in Toro local government amounting to N75million said, “nothing is too much and nothing is too small, we are spending about N75 million in Dass local government”.
Bala who expressed gratitude to the committee in charge of distribution of the items, said that the government is so far satisfied with its performance.
The governor who also noted that for many years the people of Dass, Toro local governments and others in the Bauchi south have been landlocked despite been close to the state capital, said his administration is doing everything it can to bridge the infrastructural gaps.
The Governor who assured the people of Dass that he will follow up on the road construction contract of Bayan Dutse road that was awarded by the federal government, said that the one from Dass to Bununu which was procured by his administration will be constructed during his tenure.
Our Corresspondent gathered that the items distributed include, cash, goats, granding machines, sewing machines, motorcycles, cars, among others.