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2,931 Ogun residents to get FG cash grant

A woman takes Nigerian Naira from a bank’s automated teller machine (ATM) in Ikeja district in the commercial capital Lagos

Ogun State has said no fewer than 2,931 residents selected across the 20 Local Government Areas of Ogun State will have access to the Federal Government’s cash grant under its Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme.

A statement said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajya Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this during the flag-off of the programme in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

She said GEEP was designed to give a lifting hand to many of the poorest and vulnerable citizens in the country.

Represented by the Director of Social Development in the Ministry, Mr Taiwo Bashorun, the minister added that the programme consisted of three signature schemes, which were Tradermoni, Marketmoni and Farmermoni,.

She noted that the grant was expected to increase the income and productive assets of target beneficiaries, admonishing them to make good use of it.

She said, “I hope that the beneficiaries will use this opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security and contribute towards improving their family’s livelihood. This grant will go a long way in supporting any serious woman to start a business. What is most important is how judiciously you utilise the money.”

In his keynote address, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, who also doubles as the State Focal Person for the National Social Investment Programme, Hon. Olufemi Ilori-Odutan, commended the Federal Government’s gesture in alleviating poverty in the country through various interventions.

Abiodun, in a statement signed by the Press Officer, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr Owotomo Segun, noted that the government had done much through its Social Intervention Programmes.

He urged the beneficiaries to ensure good use of the grant to enhance their livings.

Reaffirming the state’s support for the GEEP, he said it would provide a platform for rural women, youths and farmers as part of its social inclusion and poverty alleviation agenda.

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Lateef Benson, said the Abiodun-led administration would continue to empower and support the inactive population and vulnerable.

He added that it was a symbolic representation of the governor’s commitment towards alleviating poverty in the state.

Benson noted that the grant was geared towards empowering its people to establish some trade and self-reliance, and urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the government’s gesture, by ensuring the money received was used for profitable ventures.

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