A sum of N20,000 special grants were dispersed on Saturday to 2,560 rural women in Kwara State.
The distribution was carried out by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar in the state’s capital.
She said, “A total number of 2,560 beneficiaries are to benefit from the cash grants of N20,000 each to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural women in Kwara state.”
The grants were to be distributed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 states and FCT Abuja.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security and contributes towards improving their living standard.
“The special grants for rural women that we are flagging off today for rural women was introduced in 2020 by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion programme
“The programme targets poverty reduction agenda as well as the realisation of national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years,” she said
She said that the FG put poverty eradication as a main agenda thereby initiating the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Governor of Kwara State praised the federal government on the disbursement stating that it was another good work of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Mr President’s exceptional interest in the welfare of the poor is one of those things that stand him out among his peers. We thank him most sincerely for this initiative. The impact is felt across the length and breadth of our country,” AbdulRahman said.
The governor added that a plan to distribute Owo Isowo to 9,000 other individuals in the state had been set in place.