By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has assured that the APC administration would continue to evolve social security systems to reduce poverty in the country.
Alhaji Bello Masari was speaking during the launching of the conditional cash transfer programme in Rimi Local Government area of the State where he observed that government could not provide adequate security in a society with people afflicted by poverty.
He explained that the APC social security systems was similar to the programmes being implemented in advanced Countries and Arab worlds to cushion the effects of poverty that made youths to engage in social vices such as armed robbery, banditry and above all insurgency.
Alhaji Masari announced that the programme would in future be assisting people of above 18 Years with new jobs and skills. adding that the programme would overlooked partisanship and religious dogma in assisting vulnerable in the country.
In Katsina state, Governor Masari said the government had demonstrated that through implementation of policies on education, health, agriculture and security without politicisation of the sectors.
Alhaji Aminu Masari requested women that would benefit from the cash transfer programme to utilize the proceeds in engaging in trades to enhance their livelihood.
This, he said would enable them to allow female children to go to school. stressing that, the social security systems would also benefit youths.
Alhaji Aminu Masari said the state government would ensure that all graduates of NCE are engaged through S-Power. saying that, in future, the S-Power would recruit 2 to 3 thousand university graduates.
In her remarks, the special Adviser to the Governor on Girl Child Education, Hajiya Binta Abba explained that the conditional cash transfer programme was being implemented in 12 local governments areas in the State with each senatorial zone having four local governments.
“At today’s occasion , the beneficiaries will receive the 9 and 10 phases of the payments, so far one billion two hundred million naira had been disbursed in Katsina state since the programme started in the State”, she said.
Hajiya Binta Abba revealed that 45,602 households have been benefiting from the programme.
Both the transition committee chairman of Rimi local government, Alhaji Abdullahi Turaji and the District Head of Rimi,Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir expressed gratitude to Governor Masari for selecting Rimi to launch the social security system in the area.
Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir used the occasion to thank the Governor for the award of contract for the rehabilitation of Rimi semi urban water supply project.
The state coordinator of conditional cash transfer programme, Alhaji Shafiu Abdullahi revealed that Bakori leads with 34 million Naira monthly disbursement while Baure follows with 30 million naira monthly,stressing that beneficiaries receive five thousand Naira monthly from the scheme.
Highlight of the ceremony was presentation of the monies to some of the beneficiaries of the scheme.