The Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of N20,000 cash transfer to 1,000 rural women in Gombe State.
The grant was formally inaugurated by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, in Gombe on Thursday.
Farouk said that the grant was in addition to several social intervention programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, aimed at improving the living standards of vulnerable people in the country.
She said that the money was a one-off grant to support women, widows and vulnerable families to help them start a business and support their households.
“This is to give lifting hands to women, widows and vulnerable persons in Gombe State.
“I charge them to judiciously use the grant to start a business or enhance existing business to help them come out of poverty,” she said.
On her part, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, while addressing beneficiaries, advised them to use the money judiciously.
Tallen, who lauded the President for the grant, said that any programme put in place to support women would translate to a larger support for the family, adding that women played important roles in the society.
Also speaking, wife of Gombe State governor, Hajiya Asma’u Yahaya, said that the grant would help women in the state to contribute to the welfare of their families.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Janet Julius from Akko Local Government Area of the state, thanked the government for the N20,000 cash transfer.
“I am very glad; I thank President Buhari and pray that God will bless him for remembering us.
“I have a little business I am doing, so this money will be used to support the business; I am grateful,” she added.