The Federal Government at the weekend commenced disbursement of N20,000 each special grants to 2,560 rural women in Kwara state.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar launched the disbursement.
She said that over 150,000 poor rural women would benefit from the grants across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“A total number of 2,560 beneficiaries are to benefit from the cash grants of N20,000 each to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural women in Kwara State,” she said.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security, and contribute towards improving their living standard. I am also optimistic that with the support and cooperation of Your Excellency and other stakeholders present here, we can lift 100 million out of poverty by 2030 as envisioned by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The special grants for rural women that we are flagging off today for rural women was introduced in 2020 by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion, poverty reduction agenda as well as the realisation of national aspiration of lifting 100m Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.”
Hajiya Umar explained that the Federal Government is paying more attention to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society, noting this informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion and protection of the most vulnerable segments of the society.
“The federal government in partnership with the World Bank designed and developed a safety programme for Nigeria under the platform of National Social Safety Net Project,” she said.
“The conditional cash transfer programme provides targeted monthly cash transfer of N5000 to poor and vulnerable households with the sole aim of graduating them out of poverty. Kwara State has received a total sum of N1,946,196,000 from the federal government’s conditional cash transfer programme from inception till date, impacting the lives of 34,304 poor and vulnerable households in Kwara State. Eight local government areas are currently benefitting from the conditional cash transfer in Kwara State. The local government areas are Ilorin South, Oke Ero, Kaiama, Isin, Ifelodun, Asa, Ekiti and Baruten.”
Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the Conditional Cash Transfer for rural women is another testimony of the love that President Muhammadu Buhari has for the vulnerable and poor people.