The Federal Government in its drive towards putting smile to people at the grassroots on Thursday empowered no fewer than 5, 000 women with cash and other various foods items that can make life more meaningful to the down trodden that are selected from all different geo-political area across the State.
The total number of 5, 380 beneficiaries, with whom some people living with disability were among who received N20,000 each as a federal government intervention with the aim of uplifting their socio- economical status as part of the Federal Government’s National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP).
Speaking during the flag off event, at the Western Hall, Agodi Secretariat Ibadan the Oyo State Capital, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said: ”The Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank designed and developed a safety net for Nigerians under the platform of the National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP).
She maintained that the Conditional Cash Transfer 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 benefiary households.
Hajiya Sadiya stressed further that “Oyo State has received a total sum of N992,715,000 from the Federal Government Conditional cash transfer 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.
“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 rural women in Nigeria.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase heir 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 Muhammadu Buhari”. Sadiya maintained.
In his remarks, the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who was ably represented by the Chief of Staff, Cheif Bisi Ilaka, maintained that, our society will be much better if we imbibe the habit of giving back and supporting the people at the grassroots.
He said, “we should all imbibe the culture of giving back and supporting the causes with prospects of impacting positively in the lives of less privileged and vulnerable in our society.
“On our part as a government we shall remain committed to our promised to create opportunities for everyone to lives meaningful and fulfilled life.
“We shall continue to initiate and promote policies that will secure brighter future for our women and children most especially in the education and health sectors.
“The issue of women empowerment, protection against gender based discrimination abuse and violence will continue to receive the desired attention of our administration. Makinde stressed.
Also in their separate remarks, the Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, lauded the step taken by the Federal Government.
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 packaged 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”.