Bauchi state government has described efforts made by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA in the state as a remedy for eradicating poverty among women and youth in the society.
The Director General of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in the state Mrs Lydia John Shehu stated this during the MEDA’s closeout activities ceremony across seven local government areas of the state, held at Multipurpose Indoor sports Hall, Bauchi.
Mrs Lydia Shehu also insisted that the Canadian organisation is the best development partner that impacted immensely to the socioeconomic development in the life of people of the state.
The state SDGs Director General also appealed to the benefited families to sustained the gestures for overall development of the state.
Earlier in her welcomed address, the Country Project Manager of the Mennonite Economic Development Associates MEDA Mrs Grace Fosen commended the Bauchi state government for the accord given to them and appealed to the government functionaries to support the MEDA’s activities for the development of people of the state.
Grace Fosen also said that the cardinal objectives of MEDA is to improved the business capacity, creating enabling environment for entrepreneurs and enhancing small scale businesses in the production and processing of farm produced such as rice, groundnut and soya beans.
The Country Project Manager also applauded the people of Bauchi state for the hospitality accord to them during the period of implementation of MEDA’s programmes in the state.
While shedding more light on the achievement recorded by the organisation in the state, the MEDA and community liaison officer Malam Iliya Shu’aibu said that since
its inception in 2017, MEDA has reached out it activities in seven local government areas of the state to include Bauchi, Toro, Warji, Ganjuwa, Jama’are, Dass and Katagum.
According to Malam Iliya under a year review, MEDA has registered two hundreds and ninety four small scale businesses, addition of establishment of five hundred and nine saving Groups across four hundred and forty three communities in seven local government areas of the state.
To this end,members of the saving groups was able to saved seven Hundred Million Naira in Three Years.
He said on its to ensured sustainability on it activities across seven local government areas of the state, MEDA has established Empowerment Learning Centres in seven local government areas in addition to Gender Action Learning System aimed at resolving issues bordering families in the society.
Some of the beneficiaries interviewed expressed their gratitude to the MEDA for empowering them and assured their readiness towards eradication of poverty in their respective communities.