Human empowerment and engagement must be strategic and results oriented to accomplish the set aims.
On Tuesday, the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO has distributed 3, 600 goats to 900 widows, who were victims of terrorism and affected by Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria.
The empowerment disclosure was made by the FAO’s Chief Consultant, Mr Musa Kida, said during the distribution exercise at Memusari area of Maiduguri that the essence was to empower mothers towards improving their social and economic well-being in the society.
He was quoted as follows, “We are particularly targeting widows in two different programmes; the first phase was distribution of farm inputs to support this year’s farming while the second one is the distribution of goats.
“The beneficiaries were expected to do animal restocking to enable them breed more goats, which would generate wealth for them.
“Each of the women will receive four goats; the animals have undergone two weeks quarantine from our vendors, which was certified good for rearing.
“So far, the distribution will take place in 17 communities in Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council; after we are done here, the next place will be Zabarmari, Gongula and Dusuman.
“So far, no fewer than 4,000 farmers have benefited from the programme,” he said.
Also speaking, Fatima Musa, one of the beneficiaries, lauded FAO for the gesture, saying that the programme would go along way in alleviating their sufferings.
“I have two children; the insurgents killed my husband but this programme will indeed assist me in raising my kids,” she said.
It was further learnt that the distribution of materials and supported with assorted farm inputs and seeds such as fertilisers, beans, millets, sorghum and vegetables will further create a means of livelihood for the beneficiaries to make them self-reliant in the society.