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North Gets Largest Part Of British Support To Nigeria – UK Envoy

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Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state presenting a souvenir to the Director General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe when he led members of the Commission’s management on a courtesy call to the governor today, Friday, at the Kano state Governor’s Lodge, Aminu Kano House, Asokoro, Abuja.
Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state presenting a
souvenir to the Director General, National Lottery Regulatory
Commission, Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe when he led members of the
Commission’s management on a courtesy call to the governor today,
Friday, at the Kano state Governor’s Lodge, Aminu Kano House, Asokoro,
Abuja.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Pocock has said that

60 percent of British government’s donation to Nigeria goes to the

Northern part of the country.

 

“Indeed 60 percent of the British development assistance that we put

into this country comes into the Northern Nigeria”, said Mr Pocock,

adding that this is because the United Kingdom is deeply concerned

about development of the region.

 

He disclosed this on Tuesday during the graduation and presentation of

empowerment grants/facilities to 1,907 youth and women trained on

horticultural skills and home based trades by Kano government held at

Government House, Kano.

 

Mr. Pocock added that “we work very closely in particular with Kano

state because we believe that the institutions of the state under the

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leadership of the state governor give results and the results are what

we are interested in”.

 

“The example this state gives today is unanimously important –

gathering of graduates who have been empowered on vocational training

particularly in the agricultural area. It is good to see men given

professions and I have to say it is particularly good to see women

being empowered in this way” the envoy added.

 

“It is solid truth of developmental economists that where women are

given a chance to own a sustainable living, the health and wealth of

their families and of the communities and of the states massively

improve,” he argued.

 

The British High Commissioner therefore congratulated the state

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government and beneficiaries of its empowerment programmes, expressing

hope that the state will soon be able to overcome its security

 

Speaking during the occasion, the state governor, Rabi’u Musa

Kwankwaso said a total of N210 million was spent on the programmes,

explaining that the beneficiaries include 500 (11th batch) youth

trained on poultry farming, 400 (4th batch) trained on aquaculture,

132 (7th batch) trained on livestock, 275 (1st batch) on horticulture,

100 (6th batch) and 500 less privileged women trained on home based

 

The governor appealed to them to make good usage of what is given to

them as capital in order to be self employed and eventually employ

others, thus alleviating poverty and unemployment in the society.

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