AN ADDRESS BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS, DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, SADIYA UMAR FAROUQ AT THE FLAG-OFF OF THE GRANT FOR RURAL WOMEN AND HANDING OVER OF FEDERAL GOVT COVID-19 PALLIATIVE TO GOVERNMENT OF PLATEAU STATE HELD AT BANQUET HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, RAYFIELD, JOS, PLATEAU STATE ON THURSDAY, 15TH OCTOBER, 2020

Protocol

1.​It is my pleasure to be with you at this very important event, where we gather to give a lifting hand to some of the dearest citizens of our beloved country in form of special cash transfer for rural women and Federal Govt’s Covid-19 palliative to the State Government.

2.​Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in 2015, Government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country. Today, we are here to present to you, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the impact of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. We all know that the outbreak of the pandemic brought about changes and challenges to our normal ways of living. Most obvious of this is on the vulnerable persons that depend largely on others for their daily survival. Such persons are the aged, people living with disabilities and Persons of Concerns, that deserve support in terms of basic necessities including foods. The food items being presented to the state today are:
i.​​Maize 1,006.23 Metric tons (about 34 trailer load)
ii.​Sorghum 1,051.63 Metric tons (35 trailer load) and
iii.​M HONORABLE MINISTER OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS, DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, SADIYA UMAR FAROUQ AT THE FLAG-OFF OF THE GRANT FOR RURAL WOMEN AND HANDING OVER OF FEDERAL GOVT COVID-19 PALLIATIVE TO GOVERNMENT OF PLATEAU STATE HELD AT BANQUET HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, RAYFIELD, JOS, PLATEAU STATE ON THURSDAY, 15TH OCTOBER, 2020

Protocol

1.​It is my pleasure to be with you at this very important event, where we gather to give a lifting hand to some of the dearest citizens of our beloved country in form of special cash transfer for rural women and Federal Govt’s Covid-19 palliative to the State Government.

2.​Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in 2015, Government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country. Today, we are here to present to you, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the impact of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. We all know that the outbreak of the pandemic brought about changes and challenges to our normal ways of living. Most obvious of this is on the vulnerable persons that depend largely on others for their daily survival. Such persons are the aged, people living with disabilities and Persons of Concerns, that deserve support in terms of basic necessities including foods. The food items being presented to the state today are:
i.​​Maize 1,006.23 Metric tons (about 34 trailer load)
ii.​Sorghum 1,051.63 Metric tons (35 trailer load) and
iii.​Millet 126.80 Metric tons (4 trailer load)
These food items are meant to cater for 294,199 households.

3.​Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen we are also here to flag-off the Grant for Rural Women programme which was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of Buhari Administration, including the realization of the national aspiration
of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. It is design to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. A grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.



4.​Let me also state that the grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities. 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 believed with the complementary effort of the His Excellency, Right Honourable Bako Lalong, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, the target beneficiaries will be on their way out of poverty to prosperity. I am optimistic that with support and cooperation of Your Excellency and other stakeholders present here, we can lift 100 million Nigerian out of poverty by 2030.

5.​Finally, let me acknowledge the leadership quality of His Excellency, the Executive Governor Plateau State and all the wonderful work he has been doing for the good people of Plateau State. I must also acknowledge the immense contribution of my senior colleague, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Her Excellency, Pauline Tallen to ensuring that this programme takes-off and the expected results are achieved. I owe her a lot and look forward to a stronger working relation. I also wish to thank you all for joining us today and urge you to prepare to collectively work towards in realizing our Vision of creating sustainable and inclusive social systems that promote human dignity in Nigeria.

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AN ADDRESS BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS, DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, SADIYA UMAR FAROUQ AT THE FLAG-OFF OF THE GRANT FOR RURAL WOMEN AND HANDING OVER OF FEDERAL GOVT COVID-19 PALLIATIVE TO GOVERNMENT OF PLATEAU STATE HELD AT BANQUET HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, RAYFIELD, JOS, PLATEAU STATE ON THURSDAY, 15TH OCTOBER, 2020

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