By; MOHAMMED KAWU, 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 Thursday, the Minister expressed confidence that beneficiaries of the programme will 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 Mohammed, 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 LGAs of Bauchi state since the introduction of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) in September, 2016.
Hajiya Sadiya Sadiq gave the Local Governments as Zaki, Toro, Warji, Tafawa Balewa, Katagum, Gamawa, Ningi, Kirfi, Itas/Gadau, Misau, Jama’are, Dambam, Dass, Darazo, Bogoro, and Alkaleri, stressing that the program was intended to improve the socio-economic and livelihood of beneficiaries.
Sadiya explained that the Buhari-led administration has since its inception in 2015 been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country, a cause which informed the federal government to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion.
To this end, she said, the federal in partnership with the World Bank designed and developed a safety nets programme for the country under the National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP), and the CCT programme with the aim of responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.
The wife of the Bauchi state governor, Hajiya A’isha Bala Mohammed had in a welcome address commended the foresight of President Muhammadu Buhari in introducing the Social Investment Programme (SIP) being tailored to raise the standard of Nigerians living the poverty line.
Hajiya A’isha Bala Mohammed noted that the grant for rural women project under SIP will go a long way in raising the living standard of the womenfolk, and urged the President to ensure the sustenance of the programme for the betterment of Nigerians especially the poor and vulnerable in the society.
A’isha also hailed the minister for her commitment to the cause of Nigerians, especially the womenfolk, and reiterated her Muhibbah Foundation’s resolve to ensure skills acquisition training for women and youths for self-reliance.