COVID-19: FG disburses N75m to Ogun women
Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
The federal government yesterday disbursed N75 million grant to over 3,500 women living in rural areas across the 20 local government areas of Ogun state as part of efforts to reduce their hardship occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister for humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at the flag-off ceremony for the grant held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Farouq, said that the initiative was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s national vision of uplifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
According to the minister, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Bashir Alkali, the programme was designed to provide N20,000 one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural and semi-urban areas of the country.
The state governor, Senator Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele, commended President Buhari on the gesture, saying that it would go a long way to reduce the hardship of the pandemic on the women and alleviate poverty in the country.
He said that that the federal government had done so much, through its Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs), urging the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the grant, to enhance their livelihoods.