Humanitarian Affairs Minister flags off special cash grant for rural women in Imo state

From left to right, SA SDGs & Humanitarian services Hon Christina Ude, Minister of humanitarian affairs Hon Sadiya Farouq and a beneficiary in Imo

The Federal Government has begun the disbursement of an N20,000 cash grant to rural women in Imo State to enable them to start small businesses with a view to alleviating their sufferings. 
The flag-off of the event began on Thursday the 3rd of December in the Imo State capital, Owerri. While flagging off the disbursement at the Ahiajioku Center in Owerri, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, informed over 200 beneficiaries that 150,000 rural women across the 36 states of the federation would also benefit from the programme adding that the grant for rural women programme was introduced in 2020 by her Ministry as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s social Inclusion and poverty reduction agenda.
Hon Farouq, also explained that the agenda included the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. The cash grant for rural women is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. 
The special adviser to the Imo State Governor on SDGs and Humanitarian Services, Hon. Princess Christina Ude, who headed the event gave the welcome address. In her address, she thanked President Buhari for remembering the vulnerable at a difficult time like this. Mrs Ude also stated that the one-off cash grant is expected to help rural women who wish to start small businesses on a small scale or sustain the rural women who have small businesses that they are running.  “Leaving no one behind means prioritizing human beings’ dignity and placing the progress of the most marginalized people first—especially rural women and girls being all too often at the top of the list. This is why we need to address the structural causes of inequality and marginalization that affect them as a whole. I’m urging the beneficiaries of this special cash grant to make good use of the money they are being given today because President Muhammadu’s administration is determined to leave no one behind”. She said


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