Residents of Ekiti state numbering 4,133 were Monday made to smile back to their various homes as they benefited from the federal government cash grant loan made available to vulnerable group and other social investment interventions.
The beneficiaries included widows, divorcees, youth, retirees, disabled and the displaced persons selected from the various communities and settlements across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Speaking during the flag off ceremony held in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital Monday, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, described the programme as a National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) by the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration designed to specifically give lifting hand to many of the poorest and vulnerable citizens in Nigeria.
Describing the programme as one of the fulfillment of President Buhari’s manifesto introduced in the year 2020 and aimed at sustaining the social inclusion agenda on the poor consistent with his compassionate and deliberate national agenda of lifting 100 million Nigerian out of poverty in 10 years.
While congratulating the beneficiaries, the minister stated that in one of the programmes designed to fight against poverty from all angles, tagged “Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP)” was designed for the vulnerable and low income earners in Nigeria who never had the opportunity to access loans.