The Federal Government on Friday distributed N5 million to 250 rural women in Taraba at the rate of N20,000 per head.
Mr Garba Hanawiga, Director of Legal Services at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, made the disbursement in Jalingo on behalf of the minister, Hajia Sadiya Faruq.
Hanawiga said that the special cash grant was introduced in 2020 by the ministry, as part of Federal Government’s poverty reduction agenda to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
He said that Taraba had received N2.8 billion since the inception of the social intervention programme of the Federal Government.
He said that local government councils that benefitted from the programme were Ardo Kola, Gassol, Lau, Karim Lamido, Wukaru, Takum, Bali, Ibi, Ussa, Gashaka and Sardauna.
He said the Federal Government had already enrolled 17,803 vulnerable persons in Taraba for its conditional cash transfer programme.
“Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2015, government had paid more attention to the plight of the poor and vulnerable persons in the country.
“This informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme and the strategy for enhancing the social inclusion of the most vulnerable persons in our communities,’’ he said.
Taraba Commissioner for Special Duties and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Teninga Binga, who represented Gov. Darius Ishaku, commended the Federal Government for its efforts to reduce poverty.
He said that the state had also designed some interventions, aimed at empowering the poor and the vulnerable.
He advised beneficiaries to make good use of the grant.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Helen Ishaya, thanked the Federal Government for the support, saying that she would invest the cash in groundnut oil business.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Halima Idris, also commended the Federal Government for the gesture, adding that she would invest the funds in expanding her vegetables business.