The Nigerian Government on Tuesday inaugurated its N20,000 cash grant for each of the 3, 270 rural women drawn from 30 local government areas of Osun.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, at the inauguration of the program in Osogbo, said that the programme was introduced in 2020.
The Minister represented by Dr Matthew Dada, Director of Finance and Account in the Ministry, said it was to sustain the social inclusion of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
She said the cash grant programme was also designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural and peri-urban areas of the country.
The minister said the grant would be disbursed to no fewer than 125,000 poor women across the 36 states of the federation and FCT.
She said: “Our target in Osun is to disburse the grant to over 3,500 beneficiaries across the 30 local government areas in the state.
“In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion, up to five per cent of the total number of the beneficiaries is allocated to persons with disability.
“We encourage the state government to take a cue from this and other provisions in the Discrimination against Persons with Disability (Prohibition) Act, 2019.
“The grant is expected to increase income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries.
“It is our hope that beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the grant to generally contribute toward improving their living standard.”
On other social intervention programmes by the Federal Government, Farouq said that more than 12 million households had benefitted from the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
The minister said the NSIP was one of the largest social protection programmes in Africa.
According to her, over one billion dollars was earmarked annually to cause positive change in the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the country.
Farouq said that since inception of the programme in 2016, it had impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, commended President Buhari’s commitment to combat poverty through various social intervention programmes in the country.
Oyetola, represented by Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to the State Government, said that every effort to take care of the vulnerable was a vote for peace, security and prosperity of the nation.
“We must acknowledge that no society is truly secured, until there is a proper plan put in place to take care of the most vulnerable.
“It is on this note, therefore, that we must commend this initiative, especially coming in the wake of the novel Coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted economic activities globally.
“I congratulate all the beneficiaries and urge them to make good use of this grant to improve their wellbeing,” Oyetola said. (NAN)