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Yobe govt. disburses N100m grant to 1000 flood victims

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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu

 

Gov Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has commenced the disbursement of N100 million to 1000 victims of floods and other natural disasters in the state.
At the occasion in Damaturu, Buni stated that another set of 3,510 vulnerable persons would receive N10,000 each for two years.
He said the two initiatives were components of the of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) programme.
“These are all poverty alleviation and empowerment programmes being implemented at the Federal and State levels with clear objectives to expand access to livelihood support and food security services, and grants for poor and vulnerable households.
“ The over one decade of insurgency challenge has no doubt compounded our economic situation with unfavourable poverty indices, and sadly, government’s post-recovery efforts are further being challenged by natural disasters, high inflation rates and the consequences of oil subsidy withdrawal.
“ However, government is taking advantage of such interventions to improve the well-being of our people. It is, therefore, gratifying to note that the programme is utilizing the State Social Register of poor and vulnerable households to reach out to the targeted beneficiaries,” he said.
The governor said the NG-CARES is indeed another effective instrument that would complement the efforts of the state government in the implementation of its post-insurgency recovery plan, especially in the areas of employment and income generation as well as self-reliance.
“ This administration has in this regard, employed workable and realistic measures to facilitate the recovery process of sustainable means of livelihood for our people.
“These include training in skill acquisition, provision of tools, and start-up capital to youth and widows who opted to engage in Point of Sale (POS) business, irrigation, tailoring, painting, GSM Handset Repairs and laptops.
“ Others are fish production, poultry production, small-scale rice milling, personal beauty and hygiene, furniture-making, catering, fashion design, auto technicians, electronic technicians, food processing, animal husbandry and building,” Buni said.
He said in collaboration with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, the state had conducted a soft skills development train-the-trainer programme for small and medium enterprises, among other livelihood restoration and empowerment drives.
The governor said the beneficiaries included farmers, small and medium entrepreneurs as well as provision of 44 micro projects to 21 communities under the FADAMA, Community and Social Development Agency and other related programmes in the State.
He commended the state office of the NG-CARES for the timely implementation of the new component of the programme, and effecting payment of the N10,000 monthly stipend.

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