By Joyce Remi-Babayeju
At least 80,000 women across the 44 local Government Councils in Kano are to benefit from the Federal Government’s Cash Grant for Rural Women Project. And another 4,000 women in Jigawa State to also to benefit from the same grant.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, during the flag off ceremonies of the project in Kano and Jigawa States.
This was contained in a press release signed by Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, Deputy Director Information, made available to Daybreak today.
According to the release, the Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali, said that the project was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the President Buhari’s administration.
“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.”
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 towards improving their living standards.
Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Yusuf Gawuna commmended President Muhammad Buhari’s administration for initiating programmes that are geared towards uplifting of the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the society, especially women and children.
He 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 the same manner 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.
At the flag- off ceremony in Dutse, Jigawa State, Farouq 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.
Jigawa State governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar represented by 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 t all beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant to assist themselves and their families.