1 The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Welfare, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, on Thursday kick-started the digitized payment of cash grant to 3,351 beneficiaries in Cross River on Thursday in Calabar.
4 She explained that the programme would be implemented in close partnership with the state government.
5 The minister said that the initiative was a clear demonstration of the President’s commitment to address poverty which has become a core developmental challenge confronting the people.
6 “Since the inception of President Buhari’s administration in 2015, it inherited a national poverty incidence level averaging 70 per cent.
7 “Since then, the Federal Government has paid more attention to generating solutions to address the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country in spite of other economic challenges the administration inherited.
9 “Additionally, this NSIP has been acclaimed by many to be the largest and most ambitious social protection programme in Africa,” she added.
10 She said that the grant was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of President Buhari’s administration.
13 “Using this grant, many of the beneficiaries will improve their productivity and their commercial activity, all of which will help in easing them out of poverty,” she said.
15 Egbara said that the grant would go a long way in uplifting the socio-economic status of the beneficiaries in the state.