Federal Government has donated three trucks of rice to the Katsina State Government and also inaugurated the ‘Trader Moni’ and ‘Market Moni’ programmes in the state.
This according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, is in line with the Presidential order to ease hardship the lock-down would cause on the needy and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Minster on Media and Press Affairs, Mallam Salisu Na’inna Dambatta.
It states that, the disbursement of the ‘Trader Moni’ of N10,000 loan and ‘Market Moni’ of N5000 loan to the beneficiaries would help them start-up new or expand their existing micro businesses.
According to the statement, the Minster, represented by the Deputy Director in charge of Disaster Management, Dr Abubakar Suleiman explained that the first phase of the Cash Conditional Transfer has been concluded in the state with a total of one hundred and thirty thousand, four hundred and fifty-five (130,455) beneficiaries.
Adding that a total of four hundred and twenty-eight thousand, nine hundred and forty-one (428,941) people have benefitted from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme in 24 states.
Representing Katsina State Government, Alhaji Abubakar Nasir, thanked the Federal Government for the palliatives, which he said would be distributed judiciously to the targeted groups.
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked for the expansion of the Social Register by one million additional households to benefit from the Federal Government’s palliatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.