– FG has unveiled plans to lift poor Nigerian women out of extreme want and poverty
– This is as the government announced a package of N20,000 each for 3,500 rural women in Ogun state
– Humanitarian affairs minister Sadiya Farouq said about 12 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians have benefitted from the NSIP project
The federal government has approved the inauguration of cash transfer of N20,000 to each of 3,500 rural women in 20 local government areas of Ogun state.
The approval was given on Saturday, January 31, minister of the humanitarian affairs and disaster management Hajiya Sadiya Farouq during a programme at the Obas Complex in Abeokuta.
Hajiya Farouq, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Bashir Alkali, said the grant was designed “to give a lifting hand to some of the poorest and most vulnerable citizens,” NTA reports.
The minister noted that poverty reduction is a goal of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, adding that amelioration efforts have been channelled towards the poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
Sadiya said since the introduction of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), 12 million households have benefitted.
“Poverty reduction has become a major objective of governments all over the world. This informed the president’s decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for poverty reduction and enhancement of social inclusion.
“The NSIP is adjudged as the largest social protection programme in Africa with over one billion dollars earmarked annually to cause positive change in the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.”
Earlier, the federal government announced that 24 million poor Nigerians would be given N5,000 each for a period of six months as part of the current administration’s efforts to take people out of poverty and extreme want.
The disclosure was made on Tuesday, January 19, by the humanitarian affairs minister.
Shedding light on the development in Abuja via a statement through her aide Nneka Anibeze, humanitarian affairs minister, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, said the program was designed to rapidly identify, register and provide succour to people who were not previously captured in the social register, The Punch reports.
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