By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, on Wednesday expressed delight that women in the state benefited from Grant for Rural Women Project in Kaduna.
Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, joined officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to Flag off the Rural Women Cash Grant Programme in Kaduna State.
The programme is another component of the Federal Government Social Investment Programme aimed at supporting the poor and vulnerable women in Nigeria’s rural communities organised by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, under the leadership of the Honourable Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.
According to her, the decision to give out these grants to rural women could not have come at a better time than now, when citizens are grappling with adverse impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods.
“We recognize that the efforts by the Federal Ministry is not the first of its kind; rather, it is another effort to complement the existing Social Investment Programmes, which include the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and N-Power Programme.
“Kaduna State presently has 34,946 Poor and Vulnerable Households from Nine (9) LGAs benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme.
“Last year, the State Government funded the scaling up of the Social Register to all LGAs.
“As such, enrollment of an additional 36,326 households is ongoing in the newly included 14 LGAs in the State.
“Together, these social interventions have great economic impacts on the livelihood of our people and in improving their overall welfare.
“Kaduna State Government has also established a Social Investment Office to consolidate its efforts in the area of Social Protection.
“This office currently coordinates all the National Social Investment Programmes as well as the Steering Committee on Social Protection.
“The State has a robust Social Protection Policy whose main thrust is to have in a place, a well-structured integrated social protection system that is capable of meritoriously reaching the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of the state.
“The implementation plan of this policy has several additional interventions that cut across nutrition, agriculture, youth unemployment and social insurance and pensions for the informal sector.
“In the same vein, Kaduna State Executive Council has approved the Social Register as the primary source of data for interventions like the one we are here to flag-off.
“However, Kaduna State is highly privileged and honoured to receive the Honourable Minister ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and his entourage for bringing succor to the state through the Federal Government Grant for Rural Women Project.”
She called on beneficiaries to reciprocate the government’s gesture by making use of the support they received to enhance their livelihoods.