By: Hadiza Garba,
The Federal government has enrolled over 12,000 poor and vulnerable households from thirteen local government areas of Borno state into the Conditional Cash Transfer programme.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq made this known during the launch of a special cash grant for rural women in Maiduguri.
The local government areas that would benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme include, Konduga, Gubio, Magumeri, Hawul, Shani, Mafa and Maiduguri Metropolitan. Others are, Chibok, Mobbar, Kaga, Jere, Askira Uba and Dikwa.
Sadiya Farouq says Internally Displaced Persons in Gonikachallari, Bakasi and NYSC camps are also benefitting from the cash transfer programme to ease their hardship due to the protracted Boko Haram insurgency.
According to the minister, the cash grant for rural women is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda designed to lift one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
Sadiya Farouq explained that a total of 5,840 vulnerable women are expected to benefit from the 20,000 naira cash grant in Borno state. She urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity to improve their living standard.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum represented by the Head of Service Barrister Simon Malgwi noted that the cash support will greatly ease the hardship faced by the victims of the decade-long insurgency.
Three of the beneficiaries from the Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities Fatsuma Abdullahi, Aisha Shehu and Amina Mukhtar, thanked the federal government for the support and promised to use it to increase their income.