The Federal Government on Saturday inaugurated its N20, 000 Cash Grant each for 3,500 rural women drawn from the 20 local government areas (LGAs) of Ogun State.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiyya Farouq, performed the ceremony at the Oba’s Complex in Abeokuta, the State capital.
Farouq, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bashir Alkali, said that no fewer than 125,000 rural women across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory would benefit from the “one-off” grant.
She stated that the grant was designed “to give a lifting hand to some of the poorest and most vulnerable citizens”, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had paid priority attention to the welfare of the poor and vulnerable since its inception, in spite of its revenue challenges.
Farouq said that the ministry was also working tirelessly to address some of the socio-economic problems that bedevilled all parts of the country. According to her, the grant for rural women was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the president.
She advised the beneficiaries to commit the money into any small business venture they deemed fit to improve their living standards and expressed her optimism that the grant would increase the income and productive assets of the beneficiaries.