The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Saafiya Umar-Faruk has flagged off the distribution of cash grant to 6,800 rural women in Katsina State.
At the occasion, the Minister explained that beneficiaries for the programme were vulnerable women from the 34 Local Government Areas of the State.
She said the grant would help the women start up a business to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their households.
Hajiya Saadiya Faruk noted that one-third of the beneficiaries were women with disabilities, while two-third were widows, women from internally displaced families, and other less privileged women.
She said president Muhammadu buhari has given approval for the expansion of the Social Register to accommodate more poor and vulnerable Nigerians with the aim of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030.
Earlier in a remark, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu said that since inception, the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme has lifted thousands of households out of poverty in the state.
Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Empowerment, Alhaji AbdulQadir Nasir disclosed that the school feeding component of the program has employed over 10,000 women as cooks in the state.