*says second phase beneficiaries will will receive N50,000 each
*hails BUHARI for lifting millions of Nigerians hitherto living below poverty line
By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
The Second Phase of Federal Government Entrepreneur Empowerment Program (GEEP) has been launched in Jigawa State, with a target of no fewer than 1.4 million beneficiaries nationwide.
Speaking at the official flagging off of the programme held in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, the Federal Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hon Sadiya Umar Faruk said the second phase aims at consolidating the success recorded in the first phase of the programme.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of her Ministry, Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, she said that when President Buhari took over the mantle of power in 2015, over 70 per cent of Nigerians were living below poverty line.
The minister noted that, out of concern and determination to change the negative narrative, the president established the Social Intervention Program (SIP), under which a series of empowerment and intervention programmes were initiated and implemented to tackle the challenges.
“Today, there are many success stories. It is evident the impact of the first phase has elevated millions of Nigerians from abject poverty, while many became employers of labour,” she said.
Speaking further, she said that the programme has translated to jobs/wealth creation and poverty reduction which are its ultimate goals, stressing, “we have achieved the desired goals.”
According to her Jigawa State is among the top four states with a higher number of prospective beneficiaries of the Government Entrepreneur Empowerment Program (GEEP) as over 6,000 beneficiaries have already been accredited in the state.
She then charged the beneficiaries, to be determined and self-disciplined in utilizing the loan for achieving the desired goals.
The minister added that the targeted beneficiaries in the second phase will receive N50,000 each to enhance their small-scale businesses.