From Judex Okoro, Calabar
President Mohammadu Buhari has inaugurated a conditional cash transfer which will benefit 3,351 vulnerable people in Cross River State.
The cash transfer is part of the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) initiated by President Mohammadu Buhari
intended to give a special and effective helping hand to some of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens of our country.
Inaugurating Disaster Management and Social Development on behalf of the President in Calabar on Thursday in Calabar, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said, “We are here on behalf of Buhari to provide support to some of the poorest and vulnerable citizens of the country and Cross River in particular.
“The grant is a one-time grant of N20,000 to women and youths. Three thousand three hundred fifty-one (3,351) Cross Riverians will be paid and they are expected to use the money for empowerment and their small businesses.
“The program which started under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, when he inherited a national poverty incidence level of 70% on average, paid more attention to generating solutions to address the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country despite other economic challenges that the administration inherited.
“It was launched by the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) as a strategy to reduce poverty and improve the social inclusion of our people, especially women in rural areas.
“Furthermore, this NSIP has been acclaimed by many as the largest and most ambitious social protection program in Africa, and it is currently attracting many partnerships, even with international development partners.
“In addition, approximately 15% of the total number of beneficiaries are specifically allocated to the segment of the population with special needs, including Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and the elderly in the state.
It is on this note that we encourage the government of Cross River State to emulate this gesture and expand similar interventions to promote social inclusion in its policies, programs and projects.
“We hope that the beneficiaries of this program will make good use of the grant to improve productive activities that would generate more income and improve their standard of living,” she said.
She acknowledged the contributions of the state government to the success of the program saying that many more Nigerians in the state will be on the path from poverty to prosperity and we will, as a country, stay on track. to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.
One of the beneficiaries, Comfort Archibong, a small trader, thanked the government for the money.
She said the money would go a long way to increasing her small business.
Also speaking, Favor Bassey, a water leaf vendor from Calabar Municipality, thanked the government for remembering her and giving her the money.
She said: “My life has changed and I’m so happy. It’s been a year since we started waiting for it, but just as we were about to lose hope, the money came, thank you. really the president.