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South East women laud Buhari, Umar-Farouq over social security investments

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Women, under the auspices of the Amalgamated Union of Market Women Societies in the South-East, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his social security investments in the geo-political zone of the country, saying the development underscored the first citizen’s love for the Igbo.

This was as the market women also applauded the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, for driving the social investment initiatives of the Buhari-led administration with unparalleled passion.

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According to the mothers, the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the Federal Government, especially the N-Power, has continued to impact positively on the lives of South-East women, many of whom have established businesses across the states.

Zonal Secretary of the women union, Mrs. Okoronkwo Blessing, who spoke with a team of South-East Support for N-Power and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (SESNAM), said members were overjoyed by the intervention, even as she encouraged other beneficiaries to come out for identification.

While expressing satisfaction with the implementation of the various social intervention programmes across the states of the zone, the association urged Igbo to develop confidence in the current administration, in the interest of unity and peaceful co-existence.

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She disclosed that at least 10,000 women had so far benefited from the N20,000 intervention scheme in each of the affected states.

“Today, we (members of the Amalgamated Union of Market Women Societies in the South-East) wish to pass a vote of confidence on all the social security interventions of the government, propelled by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, especially for the unbiased manner of implementation as demonstrated in the South-East,” they said.

“Here in the South-East, when the (N20,000) individual grant scheme was launched, the South-East women were the first set of beneficiaries.
“As mothers, we owe the President a duty to commend his efforts in offering social support to Nigerians.

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“We are, therefore, thankful for the special attention that we have received in the South-East, as manifested in the social security intervention programmes.

“It is noteworthy to say that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has enhanced other programmes such as conditional cash transfer (CCT) N-POWER and a host of other COVID-19 interventions in the South-East zone,” Okoronkwo said.

The gesture, she noted, was a demonstration of the unity of purpose by the government.

The group said it was confident that President Buhari would achieve the objective of lifting the targeted 100 million people out of poverty in the next decade.

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