The Federal Government has urged rural women to make the most of its interventions to enhance food security in the country, adding that it would continue to support them.
Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said this when she flagged off the Rural Women’s Cash Grant in Gombe on Thursday.
The grant is a Federal Government initiative to improve the lives and families of rural dwellers, especially women.
It was introduced in 2020 as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda, including the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
According to the FG, it is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria.
A grant of N20,000.00 would be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Farouq noted.
The minister also said that the grant is expected to increase rural women’s access to financial capital required for economic activities being a contributor to the national economy through small scale businesses.
She said, “It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security, and generally contribute towards improving their living standard.
“We believe that with the complementary effort of His Excellency, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the Executive Governor of Gombe State, the target beneficiaries will be on their way out of poverty to prosperity”.
The minister urged the women to use the one-off cash grant given to them, judiciously.
On his part, Governor of the state, Inuwa Yahaya described the flag-off of the Rural Women’s Grant Project as timely.
He noted that the grant would assist the rural women in taking care of their families and their petty businesses.
“I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention during the pandemic and for steering this one-off grant for rural women in the country.
“Rural women are the backbone of our economy as eighty percent of women are peasant farmers, toiling day and night to sustain their families.
“This grant of twenty thousand naira to about 20O women in this state means a lot to our women and the state government and it will help them to cater to their families, farms and their small-scale businesses,” Yahaya said.