In Katsina state, the federal government’s Cash Grant for Vulnerable Groups will benefit over 6,500 people.
This was announced by Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, during the Thursday flag-off of seven projects in the state of Katsina and other poverty eradication programs of the ministry.
Due to the insurgency in the area, Minister Umar Farouq said that Katsina was among the regions with the largest number of beneficiaries at 6511.
“Our Grant for Vulnerable Groups target in Katsina State is to disburse grants to a total of 6,511 beneficiaries across the 34 Local Government Areas of the State, worth over N130 million. This is one of the highest slots in the country and is major because we took into account the impact of the insurgency, banditry and large volume of IDPs in the state.
“While the target of this Cash Grant project is to increase the income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries, it is highly expected that the beneficiaries will utilise the grant to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and improve their standard of living”.
As over two million households are presently receiving benefits from the CCT program nationwide, the Minister recently introduced the Digitized Conditional Cash Transfer payment system. For a period of two years, each household is given a monthly subsidy of N5,000.
The National Home Grown School Feeding launched the National Sensitization Exercise for the School Feeding Program, and the Minister also gave cooking utensils to elementary schools in the state.
The Minister provided 93 Independent Monitors on Stream II with engagement letters and digital monitoring equipment to improve their monitoring and reporting duties.
The Minister announced the start of the distribution of a one-time grant of N50,000 to 600 chosen internally displaced people under the Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), which will also cover disabled people and senior citizens.
Flood victims in the thirteen (13) Local Government Area councils in the state affected were also given food and non-food items.
All initiatives to combat poverty are focused on achieving President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s goal of social inclusion, which calls for rescuing 100 million Nigerians from poverty within ten years.
The Minister had earlier honored Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, the Emir of Daura, who represented His Royal Majesty.
The Minister received high appreciation from the Emir for her humanitarian work in Nigeria, and he prayed for God’s strength and protection to enable her to carry with the ministry’s mission.
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