Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has awarded scholarship to 700 indigent students from his constituency in institutions of higher learning across the country.
The Senator said N7 million would be disbursed for the 2013/14 academic year and also distributed poverty reduction materials worth millions of naira to the people of Kaduna North Senatorial zone in Makarfi town.
The guest of honor on the occasion and governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramallan Yero, said that the only solution to peace and unity in the country was for leaders to pursue programmes that would empower the youths and eradicate poverty.
Both Yero and Senator Makarfi urged the youths to avoid acts that could cause violence and promote peace and unity of the country.
The governor commended Senator Makarfi who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, adding that that he would sustain his call to the entire people of the state, especially youths to become agents of unity and peaceful coexistence.
“It is only in a peaceful atmosphere that we can benefit from the dividends of democracy such as we are witnessing today here.
“Without peace, we can only stagnate and fail as a people. I therefore urge all citizens of the state to join us in the campaign for peace and unity.
We should always preach peace and act peacefully, we should imbibe the golden rule of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves,” he added.
The governor said the senator must be commended for investing in the alleviation poverty among the youths and women in the state.
“The privilege of leadership is exclusively ordained on an individual by God and power becomes futile if it is not used to better the lives of the ordinary people. Power is absolutely transient, but what a leader is able to achieve while in office, will certainly become the legacies that will endure for generations to his or her credit and to the benefit of the society,” he added.
He urged leaders across the nation to positively contribute to poverty reduction among Nigerians through their offices.
“This action by Senator Makarfi is in line with the resolve of this administration to positively touch the lives of our people, especially unemployed youths and women. I am absolutely sure that there can be no actual development if our youths and women are left behind in penury and hopelessness. Lest we forget, the two groups are critical to our growth and survival as a people,” the governor stated.
Yero said the state government had already started a programme of poverty reduction and about two weeks ago, the state government under the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) distributed various wealth creation items to some beneficiaries.
“During the event, we distributed 700 tricycles, 35 18-seater buses, 15 luxurious buses and 40 taxis,” he added.