In its commitment towards poverty alleviation, the Federal Government has on Friday distributed N20,000 cash grant to 8,000 poor and vulnerable women in Lagos state.
This was disclosed by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq during the flag off ceremony of the programme in the state.
Speaking through her representative, Bashir Nura Alkali, the Minister stated that “our target in Lagos State is to distribute the grant to over 8000 beneficiaries across all the Local Government Councils of Lagos State.”
He further disclosed that the grant is expected to increase income and productive assets of target beneficiaries.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the grant to generally contribute towards improving their living standards,” he disclosed.
Speaking further, the minister said the grant belongs to the beneficiaries and should use it in any small business venture they deem fit to improve their lives.
Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat commended President Muhammadu Buhari for initiating the Special Cash Grant for rural women which is inline with the state agenda and reflects the commitment of government to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Today’s event is a further testimony of our government determination to change the socio-economic development narrative of this country and Lagos state to the level where our women will be the corner stone or center piece of our strategy in fighting poverty through empowerment.
“We will continue to initiate specifically designed empowerment programmes that will assist in cushioning the effect of this COVID-19 Pandemic on all the citizens especially our rural women and their small businesses,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Monsuratu Ogundipe appreciated the President and the Honourable Minister for providing them with N20,000 grant to add to their businesses and promised to use the grant judiciously to grow her business and be an employer of labour.