By Chimezie Godfrey
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development,Sadiya Umar farouq, has revealed that about 8,000 women in Kano state will benefit from the Federal Government Cash Grant for Rural Women.
This was disclosed by the Minister during the flag off ceremony of the project in Kano State.
Speaking through her Representative, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali, the Minister stated that the project was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the President Buhari’s administration.
“Under the ongoing Federal Government Cash Grant for Rural Women Project, about 8,000 women across the 44 Local Government Councils are to benefit from Kano.
“It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural and peri-urban areas of the country.
“A cash grant of N20,000 will be disbursed to about 125,000 poor women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory,”She said.
The Minister said the grant is expected to increase income and productive assets of target beneficiaries.
She urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the grant to generally contribute towards improving their living standards.
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in his remarks, commended the administration of President Muhammad Buhari for initiating programmes that are geared towards uplifting of the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the society, especially women and children.
He appreciated the Ministry for given Kano State a reasonable slot of the project for rural women of Kano state.
Under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), the Governor appreciated the enrollment of additional thirty five thousand beneficiaries from the fifteen Local government areas of the State and appealed to the Minister to approve the enrollment of the remaining 35,000 beneficiaries from these LGAs.
The Governor who was Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Yusuf Nasiru Gawuna, also requested for the expansion of the State Social Register to accommodate the remaining 29 LGAs of the State as well as additional beneficiaries of the Loan (Trader Moni, Market Moni and Farmer Moni) in the next round of the programme, among others.
In another development, over 4,000 beneficiaries across the 27 Local Government Councils of Jigawa State are to benefit from the Federal government grant for Rural Women Project.
The Humanitarian Minister also disclosed this while flagging off the disbursement of the grant in Dutse, Jigawa State capital.
She said, “I have been following your Excellency’s transformational effort and I am confident with this track record, various projects and programmes implemented by President Buhari’s Administration will have the desired impact on lives of the people of Jigawa State.”
The Minister called on other stakeholders to support the Federal government in addressing the country’s developmental challenges.
The Governor of Jigawa State, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar speaking through the Special Adviser on Economic Empowerment , Abba Muhammad Mujjadadi commended Federal government gesture, noting that Jigawa State has benefitted from other Federal government Social Investment Programnes in the past such as GEEP, CCT, HGSFP, among others in the past.
The Governor urged beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant to assist themselves and their families.