Humanitarian Ministry disburses Conditional cash grants to vulnerable groups in CRS, Bayelsa

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By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

The Federal government has begun disbursement of Cash Grants to Vulnerable Groups in Cross River and Bayelsa states. 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq flagged off the Conditional Cash Transfer programme on Thursday noted that the National Social Investment Programmes have reduced the poverty index in the country to 43%.

Farouq also launched  the digitized form of the cash payment for the and on-boarding of 2nd Stream of Independent Monitors Programme in Cross River State.

“Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in 2015, when it inherited a national poverty incidence level averaging 70%, the Federal Government has paid more attention to generating solutions to address the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country despite other economic challenges. 
This informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for poverty reduction and enhancing social inclusion among our people especially Women in rural areas.

“I’m also happy to tell you that the country’s poverty incidence has now reduced to 43% which is an achievement by this administration to reduce poverty by over 20%.”

The minister advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant to improve  their commercial activities which will help ease  them out of poverty.

Governor of Cross River State Prof. Benedict Ayade commended the minister for her numerous humanitarian and Social welfare programs and called on the ministry to patronize rice farms established in the state specifically to support the Home Grown School Feeding Program.

“The school feeding program in Cross River State is very robust and the state has enjoyed special support from the federal government. 
“We set up these factories after we saw the budget provision for the  school Feeding Programme. Three factories came into existence occasioned by the existence of your ministry. We plead with you to patronize these Rice factories which are gluten-free. ”

Also ,the Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri  thanked the Minister for various social intervention Programmes in the state which have greatly impacted on the people.

The ministry said that 3351 beneficiaries from across the 11 Local Government Areas  of Cross River state will get a one-off grant N20,000 each while 50 Independent Monitors will get N30,000 monthly , devices and engagement letters.
In 1 Bayelsa,  2219 vulnerable persons will benefit  as well as 40 Independent Monitors.

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