The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq has said that the National Social Investment Programme has impacted the lives of many vulnerable citizens.
The Minister explained that the grant is expected to increase income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries, especially at a time economic challenges at global and local levels are affecting the socioeconomic conditions of people.
It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the grant to improve productive activities that would generate more income and improve their living, she said.
She reeled out the successes achieved so far and added that plans are underway for expansion as the government remain on track of lifting 100 million out of poverty by 2030.
“Nearly 12 million poor and vulnerable households have been recorded in a National Social Register from which 2 million poor and vulnerable households are receiving a monthly cash transfer of N5,000.00, also an estimated 9.8 million Primary 1-3 pupils nationwide are receiving nutritious meals prepared by over 100,000 cooks.
Adding that, nearly 3 million Nigerians have benefitted under the GEEP and about 1 million are going to access the GEEP loans soon.
The Grant for Vulnerable Groups programme was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of President Buhari’s Administration.
A cash grant of N20,000.00 each is to be given to over 2,000 beneficiaries mainly women in the FCT.