FG flags off rural women grant program in Ebonyi


By Ben Chukwuebuka

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has launched the one off payment of a special Grant for rural women in Ebonyi State.

The programme according to the Minister is targeted to reach one hundred and fifty thousand women  receive a one-off special grant of twenty thousand Naira (N20000) each in all the 774 local government councils in the country.

On her maiden launch of the special funds distribution held at the Exco-Chamber Old Government House, Abakaliki on Thursday November 19, 2020, the minister said the grant was a one-off disbursement to rural women to mark the International Day of Rural Women.

"Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari's Administration in 2015, government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable persons in the country. This informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion.

"The grant for rural women programme was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the Buhari's led dministration, including the realization 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.

”The grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation.

"The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities. 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 generally contribute towards improving their living standard."

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