- FG has unveiled plans to lift poor Nigerian women out of extreme want and poverty
- This is as the government announced a package of N20,000 each for 3,500 rural women in Ogun state
- Since the inauguration of the poverty reduction programme in 2016, 12 million households, according to the FG, have benefitted
The federal government has approved the inauguration of cash transfer of N20,000 to each of 3,500 rural women in 20 local government areas of Ogun state.
The approval was given on Saturday, January 31, minister of the humanitarian affairs and disaster management Hajiya Sadiya Farouq during a programme at the Obas Complex in Abeokuta.
Hajiya Farouq said the grant was designed “to give a lifting hand to some of the poorest and most vulnerable citizens," NTA reports.
The minister noted that poverty reduction is a goal of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, adding that amelioration efforts have been channelled towards the poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
Sadiya said since the introduction of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), 12 million households have benefitted.
"Poverty reduction has become a major objective of governments all over the world. This informed the president’s decision to initiate the NSIP as a strategy for poverty reduction and enhancement of social inclusion."
Earlier, the federal government announced that 24 million poor Nigerians would be given N5,000 each for a period of six months as part of the current administration's efforts to take people out of poverty and extreme want.
The disclosure was made on Tuesday, January 19, by the humanitarian affairs minister.
Shedding light on the development in Abuja via a statement through her aide Nneka Anibeze, humanitarian affairs minister, Hajiya Farouq, said the program was designed to rapidly identify, register and provide succour to people who were not previously captured in the social register.
We are committed to lifting Nigerians out of poverty - Buhari
President Buhari said the federal government is committed to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
He told the United Nations (UN) in a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that the Nigerian government was serious about poverty eradication.
Buhari said his administration has started a new programme of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a 10-year period, adding that the efficient management of resources and the transformation of the agricultural sector to ensure food security are crucial to poverty eradication.