The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Welfare, Hajiya Saafiya Umar-Faruk has flagged off the distribution of cash grant to 6,800 rural women in Katsina State.
At the occasion, the Minister explained that beneficiaries for the program were vulnerable women from the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.
She explained that the cash grant was aimed to serve as business capital for the women, in order to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on their households.
Hajiya Saadiya Faruk noted that one-thirds of the beneficiaries were women with disabilities, while two-thirds were widows, women from internally displaced families, and other less privileged women from across the state.
She explained that three cash distribution points have been designated, one in each senatorial zone of the state to ease the distribution of the grants to the beneficiaries.
Similarly, the Minister disclosed N9.5 billion has so far been disbursed as conditional grant to 142 thousand poor and vulnerable households in Katsina State since the inception of the program.
She said president Muhammadu buhari has given approval for the expansion of the Social Register to accommodate more poor and vulnerable Nigerians im the conditional cash transfer scheme with the aim of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030.
Earlier in a remark, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu noted that since inception, the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme has lifted thousands of households out of poverty in the state.
The governor urged the women that will benefit from the cash grant, particularly widows and women living with disabilities, to make judicious use of the money.
Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Empowerment, Alhaji AbdulQadir Nasir disclosed that the school feeding component of the program has employed over 10,000 women as cooks in the state.
He said the program has also fed 834 thousand pupils in 2,700 primary schools across the state.