FG Set To Inaugurate Grant For Vulnerable Groups

FG Set To Inaugurate Grant For Vulnerable Groups

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The Federal Government through the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development is set to inaugurate Grants for Vulnerable Groups, aimed at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.

The minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq made the remark at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja said it was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s inclusion on poverty agenda.

Farouq said the programme was under the broad Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) cluster of the National Social Investment Programme NSIP, which started in 2016, but targeted rural women in 2019 and had immensely impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable population in Nigeria.

She said the ministry supported the rural women because they were enterprising and with little cash they would start a small business to fry bean cake and other consumables.

She explained that in most cases, they use their gains or profits to support their families, which is another reason why we support the women.

According to her, due to the positive impact of the programme on rural women, we decided to expand it because the men were fully left out, but in 2021 appropriation, we named it `Grant for Vulnerable Groups.

“This is to further sustain the social inclusion agenda of Buhari’s administration; it is consistent with the national target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030.’’

The minister said that it was also designed to provide a one-off financial grant to the poorest and most vulnerable people, women, men, disabled and the aged persons in rural and urban areas of the country.

“The cash grant of N20, 000 each will be disbursed to these target beneficiaries across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory,’’ Farouq said.

According to her, the main objective for the Grant for Vulnerable Group Programme is to increase income and productive access of the target beneficiaries.

She said the specific objectives were to increase access to financial capital and income generating activities and also promote financial inclusion among “unbanked” and “underserved” populations.

The National Coordinator of NSIP, Dr Umar Bindir said the essence of the programme was to deal with poverty, saying other poverty alleviation programmes like the N-Power were also targeted at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Malam Abdukadir Nasir, the Chairman of NSIP Focal Persons in Nigeria, appreciated Buhari, Farouq and Bindir for their commitment towards the programme.

According to him, from 1960 to date, no government has touched the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the 774 local government areas like the government of Buhari.

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