FG applauds Ekiti on NSIP, disburses N57m to 2,867 beneficiaries
The Federal Government has commended Ekiti State Government for its role in the implementation of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in the drive to take residents of the state out of poverty.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, gave the commendation in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, during the flag-off of the grant for vulnerable groups and other social investment programmes carried out by the ministry.
The minister, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Joseph Adaraloye, disclosed that 2,867 beneficiaries received grants of N20,000 each, adding that NSIP is a programme of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari designed specifically to lift many of the poorest and vulnerable citizens in Nigeria out of poverty.
Besides, Farouk also flagged off the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP 2.0) aimed at supporting vulnerable and low-income Nigerians who are involved in some sort of commercial activities but no capacity to go on and who never had the opportunity to access loans.
She added that GEEP was captured in three important schematic areas, including Trader Moni loan of N50,000 targeted towards uplifting under-privileged and marginalised youths between the ages of 18 and40 years; Market Moni loan designed for underprivileged and marginalised women in our society and specifically targeted towards female-headed households and Farmer Moni loan scheme of maximum of N300,000 designed to provide agricultural inputs to rural farmers.
Meanwhile, Secretary to State Government (SSG), Dr. (Mrs.) Habibat Adubiaro, who spoke on behalf of the state government, commended Buhari for his various intervention programmes aimed at ensuring that Nigerians live in prosperity, noting that the disbursement of cash grants shows the Federal Government’s desire to bring succour to the financial barriers by the people and reduce the current level of poverty across Nigeria.
Adubiaro urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the cash grants by investing in their businesses to achieve the aims and objectives of government at improving condition of living of the people.
The SSG also noted that the six-pillar development agenda of the present administration would be instrumental to the transformation of the state into a prosperous economic hub expected to be of benefit to all residents of Ekiti State.