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5,280 women in Oyo get N20,000 each for upliftment

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No fewer than 5,380 rural women in Oyo State yesterday received N20,000 each for the upliftment of their socio-economic status as part of the Federal Government’s National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP).

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this during the kick off ceremony in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The minister said: “The Federal Government, in partnership with the World Bank, designed and developed a safety net for Nigeria under the platform of the National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP).

“The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme commenced in September 2016 with the aim of responding to deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.

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“Oyo State has received N992,715,000 from the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer programme from inception till date, impacting the lives of 14,022 poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs). Your Excellency, 28 local councils are currently benefiting from the Federal Government CCT programme in Oyo State.

‘’I must note at this point that the social register is being expanded to cater for more poor and vulnerable households in Oyo State.

“A total number of 5,280 beneficiaries are to benefit from the N20,000 each to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural women.”

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Tayo Alasoadura, and Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, lauded the step.

Also, the state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni, said: “This is the evident in the extension of the Federal Government’s kindness to the voiceless women and others.”

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