From: Segun Babatunde in Gombe
Former Gombe State Governor and current Senator, representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Muhammad Danjuma Goje Wednesday distributed 500 tricycles (Keke Napep) and 1000 motorcycle to his constituents in the State.
The items which cost over N920 million were distributed free of charge to people of the constituency in Akko and Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Areas of the state.
Flagging off the distribution at his Gombe residence, Senator Goje explained that the donation was borne out of his quest for community empowerment to support youths and women in his constituency.
Represented by a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly(GOMSAHA), Hon Abubakar Sadeeq Kurba, he added that the gesture was part of his effort to fight poverty while empowering the masses in his constituent, in order to create job opportunities for youths in the area.
A template of the distribution obtained shown that one beneficiary from Ward and Local Government Area(LGA) level got one tricycle each, while a beneficiary in each polling units across Akko and Yamaltu/Deba LGAs, got one motorcycle each.
According to him, “This donation of 1000 units of Boxer motorcycles and 500 units of tricycles today is one among thousands of gifts that we have been dashing to the people of Gombe central.”
“These items were giving out to each of the beneficiaries free of charge, and it is not a loan or a facility from anybody and nobody is expected to be settled or compensated by any beneficiary,” he said.
Goje added that over 5000 members of his constituency has recently benefited from his empowerment program which include the zero-hunger project and funds distributed for use as capital as well as food stuff distributed at the starting of this Ramadan.
The Senator added that such empowerment programmes would reduce the rate of unemployment among youths and encourage productivity.
He called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the items, adding that many youths and women would continue to benefit from such interventions.
Rose Danjuma, one of the beneficiaries of the tricycles expresses that her joy knows no bound while stating that the last time empowered and her family was made happy was when Senator Goje was serving as the Governor of Gombe state.
She told newsmen that the Keke Napep given to her will help in supporting her family and other relatives, she said, “Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje is a true hero in the area of fighting poverty in our community”.
For Muhammad Sarkiwa Umar of Kombani ward in Akko Local Government, the Boxer motorcycle given to him a real succor that would go a long way in assisting him on his farming activities. He said, “No word can be use to express my joy for this gift, but one thing that am sure of is that Goje has truly helped me and that God will bless abundantly”.
Also speaking to newsmen Kolo Alhaji Adamu revealed that kind gesture Goje was timely as it came at time when they were in dare need of such support.