The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has stated that Borno State ranks among the highest number of Beneficiaries of cash grants for Vulnerable people and groups.
Farouq made this known at the flag-off of the Cash Grant for Vulnerable Groups programme in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
Umar Farouq said that a total of 5,264 beneficiaries from across the 27 local government Councils of Borno state will receive the one-off cash grant of N20,000.
In her address delivered at the International Conference Centre, State Secretariat Maiduguri, the minister explained that Borno state ranks among the highest number of beneficiaries due to the impact of insurgency in the region.
“Our target in Borno State is to disburse the grant to 5,264 beneficiaries across the 27 Local Government Areas of the State. This is one of the highest slots in the country and this is because we put into account, the impact of insurgency and the large number of Internally Displaced Persons in the state.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, through his deliberate social inclusion agenda has directed that 70% of these beneficiaries must be women, while the remaining 30% is for the youths. He also directed that, at least 15% of the total number of beneficiaries must be allocated to citizens with special needs, including Persons With Disability (PWDs) and Senior Citizens in the State. It is on this note that we encourage the Borno State government to note and emulate this gesture and extend similar interventions to amplify social inclusion through its policies, programmes and projects”.
According to Umar Farouq, the target of the Cash Grant project is to increase income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries.
“It is highly expected that the beneficiaries will use the grant to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and improve their living standard”.