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Minister Commends FG’S Cash Grant For 5,000 Oyo Women

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Joel Ajayi

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has commended the Federal government  for financial  support  to rural women in  Oyo State  through the Rural Women cash grant which he facilitated through  the Ministry of  Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Speaking in Ibadan, Oyo state during  the Empowerment  of over 5,000 women  by the Minister  of Humanitarian Affairs,  Disaster Management and Social  Development  Hajia  Sadiya Umar Farouq,  Mr Dare Said” We thank the Minister for  Humanitarian Affairs  for what she has done for our women and what she is still doing. Oyo State is the best place to start the programme because of the important role of women in our society.

The Minister had promised after the Sasa incident that relief was on the way. As we concluded our conversation at FEC, she told me about the National  Cash Grant which she said would be available to Oyo women and other Nigerian women. We are grateful  to the Minister and Mr President  for creating  opportunities  for our Women.We  thank  President  Muhammadu Buhari who believes  that the only criteria for benefiting from Government initiatives is being a Nigerian. We shall continue to demand more for our womenfolk”.

Speaking at the event, Hajia Farouk  said  “It is my pleasure to be here at this very important event, where we gather to provide support to citizens of our beloved country. I am delighted to have you all converge on this venue for purpose of flagging off the Federal Government’s cash grant for rural women, which is a significant social protection programme of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, aimed at uplifting the most vulnerable groups out of poverty. President Muhammadu Buhari’s  Administration  Government has paid more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country. This informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion and protection of the most vulnerable segments of our society. The NSIP, made up of CCT, N-Power, GEEP, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, YESSO and CSDP are one the largest social protection programmes in Africa. Since its introduction in 2016, it has impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. I have personally witnessed the life-changing experiences of people below the poverty line and those that are vulnerable to shocks that have now made a positive turn around after benefiting from the programmes.

The CCT programme provides targeted monthly based cash transfers of N5,000 to poor and vulnerable households, with the sole aim of graduating them out of poverty.

She further  disclosed  that ” Oyo State has received a total sum of N992,715,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Ninety-Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Naira only) from the Federal Government Conditional cash transfer programme from inception till date impacting the lives of 14,021 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs).

Your Excellency, 28 LGA’s are currently benefiting from the Federal Government CCT programme in Oyo State.

The social register is being expanded to cater for more poor and vulnerable households in Oyo State.

The Special Cash Grant for Rural Women programme was introduced in 2020 by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as part of President Mohammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda, including the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. It is designed 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. The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities.

A total number of 5,280 beneficiaries would be empowered in Oyo State

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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