By Chimezie Godfrey
The Federal Government Rural Women Cash Grant Programme has been flagged off in Borno and Yobe states.
5,840 women will receive a cash grant of N20,000 each in Borno state while 3,400 women will get disbursements in Yobe.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq made the assertion at the flag off on Friday in Maiduguri.
Farouq stressed that the flag-off of Federal Government’s cash grant for rural women is a significant social protection programme of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, aimed at uplifting the most vulnerable groups out of poverty.
She explained that the Conditional Cash Transfer has been catering for Internally Displaced Persons in Gonikachallari, Bakasi and NYSC Camps due to the peculiarity of security situation in Borno State.
“We currently have 12,190 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) that have been enrolled in 13 Local Government Areas. They are Konduga, Rubio, Magumeri, Hawul, Shani, Mafa, MMC, Chibok, Mobbar, Kaga, Jere, Akira-Uba and Dikwa LGA’s and disbursement is set to commence as soon as the security situation improves.
“A total number of 5,840 women are to benefit from the cash grant of 20,000 each to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural women in Borno State.
“It is President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda, with the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years”.
The Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum thanked President Buhari for the timely intervention Program coming on the heels of extreme Insurgency in the state.
He said,”We are at the threshold of another milestone in our determined quest to eradicate abject poverty in the state and as such, this intervention could not have come at a better time than now, as the process of resettlement and rehabilitation of IDPs back to their ancestral homes has since begun in earnest.
“This intervention will go down to the targeted groups to help them to start their lives afresh after a decade of insurgency that rendered many people homeless and economically weak in this part of the country”.
In Damaturu, Governor Mai Buni who was represented by his deputy , Idi Gubana commended President Buhari for his various investment programs aimed at lifting the poor and the vulnerable.
“I thank the President for his commitment towards emancipating women, youths and vulnerable groups from the clutches of poverty.
“As we are all aware, at the inception of the present democratic rule in 1999, Yobe was among the States with a high rate of poverty and the condition of our people was further aggravated by the destructive activities of insurgents and the humanitarian crisis that generated over a decade ago.
“At this post-insurgency period, out efforts are geared towards recoveery and economic rejuvenation of the State.
“A total of 2,412 bags of 50kg of millet, 2,010 bags of 50kg sorghum and 1916 bags of maize were collected through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and distributed to the people for farming.
“In the last cropping season, hundreds of households who were victims of flood disasters were also assisted with assorted materials in the State”.
According to him, Yobe State has so far received a total sum of N980,070,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Eighty Million, Seventy thousand naira only) from the Federal Government through the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme from inception till date .
“The lives of 24,814 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) have been impacted through the Conditional Cash Transfer.
“Six Local Government Councils are currently benefiting from the programme in Yobe State.
“They are Fika, Geidam, Yunusari, Bade, Jakusko, and Nangere LGA’s,” he explained.