From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The sum of over N3 billion is being disbursed by the Federal Government to over 150, 000 poor rural women across the 36 states in the federation and the FCT under the Grant for Rural Women Programme of the Buhari administration.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Sadiq said that the grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities.
Flagging off the project in Bauchi, recently, the minister expressed confidence that beneficiaries would make the best use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security and contribute towards improving their living standard.
“We believe with the complementary efforts of Governor Bala Muhammad, the target beneficiaries will be on their way out of poverty to prosperity.
“I’m optimistic that with the support and cooperation of the state government and other stakeholders in Bauchi, we can lift 100 million out of poverty by 2030,” Sadiya said.
Represented by her Women Affairs Counterpart, Dame Pauline Tallen, the minister also recalled that the sum of N2, 987, 360, 000 has so far been disbursed to over 54, 738 to poor and vulnerable households enrolled across the 16 local government areas of the state since the introduction of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) in September, 2016.
She disclosed that Zaki, Toro, Warji, Tafawa Balewa, Katagum, Gamawa, Ningi, Kirfi, Itas/Gadau, Misau, Jama’are, Dambam, Dass, Darazo, Bogoro and Alkaleri Local Government Areas, stressing that the programme was intended to improve the socio-economic and livelihood of beneficiaries.
On her part, the wife of the state governor, Hajiya A’isha Bala Muhammad had, in a welcome address, commended the foresight of President Buhari in introducing the Social Investment Programme (SIP) being tailored to raise the standard of Nigerians living the poverty line.
Mrs. Muhammad also hailed the minister for her commitment to the cause of Nigerians, especially the womenfolk, reiterating her Muhibbah Foundation’s resolve to ensure skills acquisition training for women and youths for self-reliance.