The Federal Government began on Thursday to disburse a grant of Naira 20,000 to rural women in Bauchi State to start small businesses to alleviate their suffering.
While noting the disbursement in Azare, the headquarters of the state’s Katagum Local Government Area, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, reported that more than 150,000 beneficiaries in the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would benefit from the program.
The grant, which she said was intended for the country’s rural women, according to the minister, was introduced in 2020 by her ministry as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s poverty reduction and social inclusion agenda.
Represented by the ministry’s deputy director for Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, Farouq explained that the programs are part of President Buhari’s efforts to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
According to her, the cash disbursement is designed to provide a one-time grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria.
The minister added that it is also intended to boost the income of beneficiaries, improve their food security and allow them to contribute to improving their standard of living.
“A grant of 20,000 naira will be disbursed to more than 150,000 poor rural women in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital necessary for economic activities.
“We hope that the beneficiaries of this program will seize the opportunity to increase their income, improve their food security and contribute in general to improve their standard of living,” said the minister.
Farouq was optimistic that with the complementary effort of Bauchi State Governor Senator Bala Mohammed, the grant recipients would be on their way out of poverty and into prosperity.
According to her, “I am optimistic that with the support and cooperation of His Excellency and other stakeholders here present, we can lift 100 million people out of poverty by 2030.”
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs reported that no less than 54,738 poor and vulnerable households from 16 local government areas of the state have so far benefited from the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.
It reported that since September 2016, the beneficiaries, who receive N5,000 per month under the CCT program, have so far received around N3 billion.
The conditional cash transfer, Farouq explained, was designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households and support development goals and priorities, as well as improve household consumption.
He further added that the CCT program also aims to improve school enrollment and attendance, encourage household asset acquisition and finances, and engage beneficiaries in sustainable livelihoods.
“The conditional cash transfer program began in September 2016 with the objective of responding to deficiencies in capacity and the lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.
“The program provides a targeted monthly base cash transfer of N5,000 to poor and vulnerable households with the sole objective of lifting them out of poverty.”
He listed the local government areas benefited in the state where the beneficiaries come from, such as Gamawa; Tafawa Balewa; Alkaleri; Darazo; Bogoro; Zaki; Warji; Ningi; Katagum; Kirfi; Jamaare; Dambam; Dass; Itas Gadau Misau y Toro.
“The conditional cash transfer program in the state of Bauchi aimed to improve the socioeconomic status and livelihoods of more than 54,738 poor and vulnerable households registered in 16 local government areas of Gamawa, Tafawa Balewa, Alkaleri, Darazo, Bogoro , Zaki, Warji, Ningi, Katagum, Kirfi, Jamaare, Dambam, Dass, Itas Gadau, Misau and Toro, with a total disbursement to date of N2,987,360,000 ”, informed the minister.
Farouq noted that since the start of President Buhari’s administration in 2015, the federal government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country.
This, he claimed, informed the Federal Government’s decision to initiate the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) as a strategy to enhance social inclusion, declaring the NSIP to be one of the largest social protection programs in Africa.
Furthermore, he stated that the NSIP has had a positive impact on poor and vulnerable Nigeria since its introduction in 2016.
“Since its introduction in 2016, it has had a positive impact on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. I have personally witnessed the life-changing experiences of people living below the poverty line and those vulnerable to crises, ”he said.
Source: – Daily publication