No fewer than 5,280 rural women in Oyo State on Thursday received N20,000 cash each to uplift their socio-economic status as part of the Federal Government’s National Social Safety Net Project, NASSP.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, made the disclosure during the flag-off ceremony at the Western Hall, House of Assembly Complex, Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

The Minister said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank designed and developed a safety net for Nigeria, under the platform of the National Social Safety Net Project, NASSP.

“The Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, Programme commenced in September 2016 with the aim of responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households. The programme is designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfer to the beneficiary households.

“Oyo State has received a total sum of N992,715,000 from the Federal Government CCT programme from inception till date, impacting the lives of 14,022 poor and vulnerable households, PVHHs. Your Excellency, 28 local government areas are currently benefiting from the Federal Government CCT programme in Oyo State.

“I must note at this point that the social register is being expanded to cater for more poor and vulnerable households in Oyo State.

“The Special Cash Grant for Rural Women programme, being flagged off today was introduced in 2020 by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda, including the realisation of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

“It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. A grant of N20,000 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities.

“A total number of 5,280 beneficiaries are to benefit from the cash grant of N20,000 each to uplift the socio-economic status of the total women in Oyo State.

“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their good security, and contribute towards improving their living standard.

“I am optimistic that with the support and cooperation of Your Excellency and other stakeholders, we can lift 100 million out of poverty by 2030 as envisioned by President Buhari.”

In their separate remarks, the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, and his counterpart at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare, lauded the step taken by the Federal Government.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Chief of Staff to Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Bisi Ilaka, commended the Federal Government for the initiative, adding that the state government, on her part, would remain committed to creating and improving opportunities for people to live meaningfully and fulfil life.

Ilaka advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the current women emancipation initiative, both globally and locally, and to as well involve in governance, seek political positions and take advantage of different policies of government to transform the society.

He said, “It is germane to mention that our administration will leave no stone unturned in transforming the lives of vulnerable ones, most especially women and children. We are equally ready to partner with individuals and groups willing to reposition our socio-economic well being of our citizens particularly the less privileged.

“Once again I applaud and appreciate the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for contributing its quota in making our country a better place for all.”

In her remarks, Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni, said, “This is the evidence in the extension of the Federal Government ‘s kindness to the voiceless women, downtrodden, poorest of the poor, vulnerable group of people, aged people, widows, people living with disabilities and so on, who were provided with packages of COVID-19 palliative materials, consisting of food items and other household utilities, to cushion the effect of locked-down on the people in the country, Oyo State inclusive.”

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of food stuffs, including, rice, beans, garri and palm oil to some of the victims of the Shasha fire incidents.

Present at the event were the Minister of Youths and Sports, Dare; Minister of State for Niger Delta, Senator Alasoadura; Director General, National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (rtd); Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede; Chairman, Oyo All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Akin Oke, among other dignitaries.


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