BY SUNNY A. DAVID
A total of 2800 rural women in Anambra State have started receiving the sum of N20, 000 under the federal government cash grant scheme.
The grant, totaling fifty-six million naira is powered by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The Professor Dora Akunyili Women” Development Centre, Awka, was on Monday filled to capacity as five hundred women from across the twenty-one local government areas of the State gathered for the exercise.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Umar Faruk said the programme is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural and peril-urban areas of the country.
The Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Mr. Bashir Nura Alkali, said that the Federal Government has paid more attention to addressing the plights of the poor and vulnerable in the Country, despite the economic slump and glaring revenue challenges hence, the decision by President Muhamadu Buhari to initiate the National Social Investment Programme, as a strategy for reducing poverty and enhancing social inclusion.
She noted that the social investment programme has impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria as over twelve million households have benefitted from the interventions in the last five years.
Acknowledging the immense contributions of Governor Willie Obiano to ensuring the success of the event, the Minister expressed the hope that the beneficiaries will make good use of the grant to generally contribute towards improving their living standards.
Anambra State Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue said the beneficiaries, made up of widows, people with disabilities, and vulnerable people were drawn from the twenty-one local government areas of the State and charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money.
In a vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Dr. Dan Ezeanwu said the intervention aims at bringing relief to the poorest of the poor in the society, who mostly women due to their pivotal role in the family.
Some of the beneficiaries, including Mrs. Josephine Onuigbo and Mrs. Veronica Oraekie both from Achalla in Awka North Local Government Area, promised to invest the money into their farming business for multiple effect.