Federal Government Spent N24 Billion on Poverty Alleviation Schemes

Osaretin Balogban

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that about N24 billion was spent on various empowerment and poverty reduction schemes.

The Alleged amount was said to be spent on the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) in Sokoto state.

The statement was made at the inauguration of the disbursement of Cash Grant to Vulnerable Groups (GVG) in the state.

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, who was represented by the National Coordinator of NSIP, Dr. Umar Bindir, said the schemes under President Buhari’s administration have been made to help vulnerable Nigerians.

The Minister mentioned that the Federal Government has made efforts and partnered with the state government to help the poor and vulnerable since 2015.

She said: ”Programmes have been implemented in close partnerships with the state governments and the effort is a clear demonstration of our collective commitment to addressing poverty which is the core developmental challenge confronting us as a people.”

Farouk also noted that Buhari’s administration inherited a country with a poverty incidence level averaging 70% based on the reports of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“Despite other economic challenges the government inherited, this informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in 2015.”

“This is a strategy for poverty reduction and enhancing social inclusion among Nigerians especially the women in rural areas,” The minister added.

The Minister further said the NSIP scheme by the Federal Government has made positive impacts on vulnerable and poor Nigerians.

Source: Daily Post

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