In a bid to reduce the hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has disbursed #7.5bn grant to over 3,500 rural women across Ogun State.
The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, while speaking at the flag_off ceremony of the grant in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta,said the initiative was consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s national vision of uplifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Bashir Alkali, Hajiya Farouq added that it was designed to provide #20,000 one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural and semi-urban areas of the country.
The Minister noted that the grant was expected to increase income and productive assets of target beneficiaries, admonishing them to make good use of it.
“It is my hope that the beneficiaries will use this opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security and contribute towards improving their families, the N20,000, will go a long way in supporting any serious woman to start a business. What is most important is how judiciously you utilise the money”, she said.
In his keynote address, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako_ Oyedele commended the Federal Government’s gesture, at alleviating poverty in the country.
Abiodun noted that the government had done so much, through its Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs), urging the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the grant, to enhance their livelihoods.
He reaffirmed the State’s support for the programme, which he said would provide a platform for the rural women, as part of the social inclusion and poverty alleviation agenda.
Earlier in his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Femi Ogunbanwo said the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration would continue to empower and support the inactive population and vulnerable women, through various interventions and grants, adding that it is a symbolic representation of the Governor’s unwavering commitment, towards alleviating poverty in the State.
Ogunbanwo noted that the grant was geared towards empowering rural women, in order to establish some trade and self-reliant, enjoining the beneficiaries to reciprocate government’s gesture, by ensuring the money received was used for profitable ventures.
In her response, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Morili Adesanya appreciated the Federal and State Governments for the assistance, promising not to disappoint them.