The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Tuesday flagged off distribution of grants to over 3,000 vulnerable groups in Kogi state.
The 20,000 cash grant is meant to ameliorate poverty and cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal among vulnerable groups in Nigeria.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, while flagging off the distribution of grants to the beneficiaries stated that the grant for vulnerable groups is not a loan and will not be repaid.
“The president is committed to seeing that he pulls Nigerians out of poverty. He has placed a demand on himself and his team that a minimum of 50 million Nigerians are out of poverty. To achieve this, the president set up a team to identify the poorest of our people and came up with series of programs that will improve the economy of the common man.
“Today in Kogi state, we are officially flagging off the Grant for Vulnerable Groups in Kogi state. It is a kick- starter and it should be used the right way. This is intended to boost your business and it is expected that it will help in whatever you are doing,” she stated.
Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, in his address commended President Tinubu for alleviating poverty and eradicating hunger in the country.
Governor Bello described President Tinubu as a humanitarian leader who has the interest of the common man at heart and said Kogi state government will continue to do more for the people of the state.
“We were planning on how to do more and empower them when the president empowered the Humanitarian Affairs Minister and mandated her to run programme that is benefiting all.”