A business entrepreneur and former staff of the National Assembly, Mr. Gideon Jock has given grant to farmers for agricultural growth and development and donated 21 tricycles to the disables in the 21 wards of Zango-kataf/Jaba Constituency as part of his economic empowerment scheme and community development.
According to Jock, the agricultural programme was sponsored by Wadata Group Limited as part of the organization’s support for his political aspiration and to support poor people who have been loyal to the party and those who have been contributing to the development of their communities.
“What Wadata wanted to do,” Jock said. Adding, “was to buy 100 Bajaj motorcycles to be shared between Zango-kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency but, I requested that these monies that were meant for the purchase of the Bajaj should be converted and be shared to farmers for agricultural growth and development.”
He added that, because our people are predominantly farmers, they are not really into “Okada” transportation business, this is the reason why we converted the whole thing into cash grant.
The politician cum philanthropist went further to say, “the scheme has group A, B, C and D depending on the farmer’s capacity in farming. Group A who are over 150 in number received a cash grant of N200, 000 each, group B received N100, 000 each, and group C received N50, 000 each. While group D received N20, 000 each.
“What our people are suffering right now is the high cost of fertilizer and some farming inputs. So, this grant, I believe is going to boost agricultural development in the region.”
The magnanimous politician who is contesting for the House of Representatives for Zango-jaba Federal Constituency promised that this scheme is going to be in a continuous process.
“Since I never dreamt of contesting for the House of Representatives, I have been empowering people and communities through the good will that I have. I have assisted people in the area of building of primary and secondary schools, I have undertook solar projects for communities and the construction of feeder roads. I have renovated churches. I have also issued scholarships to students, pay WAEC and JAMB fees for secondary school students, I have renovated Police Station in Kwoi and built Guest Houses for Churches and many more,” has said.