By Shekara Anthony
Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of Cash Grant to Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty Six vulnerable persons across the Twenty One local government areas of Adamawa State.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk, disclosed this at the flag-off of the grant for vulnerable group, digitized payment for conditional cash transfer and the onboarding of independent monitors, stream two in Yola Adamawa State.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk, said president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration inherited a national poverty incidence level averaging seventy percent in 2015 and since then has worked tirelessly, paying more attention to addressing the plight of the poor and vulnerable in order to reduce the level of poverty across the country.
The Minister explained that a cash grant of Twenty Thousand Naira will be given to each of the beneficiary of the conditional cash transfer, with the hope that it will improve their productivity and commercial activities to ease them out of poverty.
Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk, said seventy percent of the beneficiaries are women and thirty percent are youths while fifteen percent of the total number goes to people with special needs, including persons with disabilities and senior citizens in the state.
“A cash grant of twenty thousand naira will be disbursed to the poor and vulnerable category across the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.
Using this grant, many of the beneficiaries will improve their productivity and their commercial activity, all of will help in easing them out of poverty”.
She also pointed out that she and her team were in Adamawa state to train and onboard sixty seven additional independent monitors to monitor the National Social Investment Programme implementation in the state, adding that the Federal Government is still committed to lifting one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.
Earlier in his address, the National Coordinator, National Social Investement Programme, Dr. Umar Bindir, said when the present administration came on board in 2015, out of every one hundred Nigerians, seventy were poor which according to him informed the Federal Government’s decision to create the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and social development to implement and monitor the social investment programmes of the federal government which has reduced poverty level in the country to forty three percent.
“The Social Investment Programme Of the Federal Government is the best in Africa. The president of the federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari, saw that in 2015, out of every one hundred Nigerian, seventy are poor and that informed the decision to create the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development”.
In her welcome address, the Adamawa state focal person of N-SIP, Mrs. Mary Yuwadi, said the N-Power has recorded twenty eight thousand beneficiaries, sixty four thousand, six hundred and seven conditional cash transfer beneficiaries, about twenty seven thousand registered persons for the GEEP programme and about one hundred and sixty two thousand seven hundred and eighty two pupils as well as two thousand, two hundred and fifty nine cooks and vendors for the national home grown feeding programme, all across the state.
In his address, the governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, represented by the secretary to the state government, Eng. Bashir Ahmad, thanked the federal government for its social intervention programme in the state and advised that federal government should sustain the programmes and continue to improve on the partnership with the state for better result.
“It is not news that fighting poverty has been the biggest challenge faced by all administrations in Nigeria and this is simply because poverty subdues development”.
Some of the beneficiaries of the social investment program in Adamawa state spoke to Radio Nigeria about what they are expected to do to improve their economic lives.
A symbolic presentation of cash and tablets to the monitors and the beneficiaries of the cash transfer was carried out by the Minister.