The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu says one million vulnerable households in Kogi State have benefited from the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer as part of efforts to ameliorate the impact of the harsh economic situation in the country.
Edu disclosed this in Kabawa, a suburb of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, while fielding questions from journalists on Tuesday evening.
The Minister, who had earlier in the day officially kicked-off the Federal Government’s Grant for the Vulnerable, disclosed that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration was targeting lifting at least 50,000 000 people out of poverty within the next 42 months.
She pointed out that the Government was bringing on board the “end hunger program” which would help to renew the hope for the very poor and vulnerable people in the society.
“For the grant which was just given earlier today, the Federal Government was able to support the vulnerable and poorest of the poor in Kogi State.
“For the first batch, we have 10,000 beneficiaries, while the second batch will commence immediately. For petty traders across various homes, 1000 families have been given the needed support through their various channels, while others will get their intervention through their youth leadership, women groups and many more.
“The idea is that the Federal Government does not want to do programs that are not felt by the grassroots. The only essence of governance is to bring relief to the people.
“That is the reason for social protection. We are a government that is interested in the people. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is 100 percent committed to this course. We won’t rest on our oars until everyone that is expected to be reached out is truly reached.
“We are hoping that the support we have been able to give them today will help them grow their petty businesses and support their families, especially their children to go to school,” Edu added.