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FG disburses grants to 4,253 women and youths in Enugu

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has disbursed twenty thousand naira cash grant each to 4,253 indigent women and youths in Enugu State.

The grant was disbursed under the Federal Government’s Grant for Vulnerable Groups (GVG) programme.

The ministry also rolled-out the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP 2.0, for 23,699 poor enterprising Nigerians in Enugu State under the Market Moni, Trader Moni and Farmer Moni among other social intervention schemes.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, made this known on Friday in a message to the unveiling of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) meant to pull out millions of Nigerians living in Enugu State out of poverty.

Hajia Farouq, who was represented by Director of Special Needs in the ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe, explained that the NSIP programme, which was being implemented in partnership with state governments, was meant to give priority to the most vulnerable in the society, especially widows, youth, divorcees, persons with disability and displaced persons.

Female headed households e.g. widows, divorcees amongst other vulnerable groups, then the Farmer-Moni loan scheme which is equally designed to provide agricultural inputs worth up to a maximum of N300,000 to rural farmers”.

The GEEP has been restructured to have a top-bottom representation from the Federal, State and Local Government levels respectively.”

“In the first phase of GEEP programme about 1,142,783 potential beneficiaries where registered by the COMO’s across the 774 LGAs in Nigeria out of which 23,699 potential beneficiaries were registered in Enugu State across the 17 LGAs”.

Enugu State Focal Person on NSIP programme, Dr. Innocent Ogbonnaya, who represented Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, pledged the commitment of the state government in complementing the Federal Government and the ministry’s efforts in fighting poverty in the state and country in general.

Two of the beneficiaries of NSIP programme, Mr. Onyebuchi Mbah and Mrs. Joy Nwalibe, thanked the Federal Government for the cash grants, saying it would go a long to enhance their business and ameliorate the hardship in their families.

Reporting by Chukwubuike Madu; editing by Julian Osamoto