Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday, has expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government over the flag-off and release of Cash Grant fund for rural women in the State.
Governor Oyetola expressed this at the official flag off ceremony by the Minister for Humanitarian Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, at the Staff Development Centre, Abere , Osun State.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Oluwole Oyebamiji said that the spread of the beneficiaries is in tandem with the strategy of his administration to equally deliver services and programmes under the development agenda across the Local Government Areas in the state.
He thanked President Buhari for his “sustained commitment to combating poverty in the country,” and also expressed appreciation to the leadership of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk for the passion and commitment to the seamless implementation of these programmes which had continued to impact lives.
In her remark, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, represented by the Director Finance and Accounts, Dr. Mathew Dada said the Federal Government since 2015 has paid attention on promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country, despite the economic slump the administration inherited.
He added that the Social Intervention Programmes since creation in 2016 has positively impacted the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria, through the life-changing experiences of people who lived below the poverty line and those that are vulnerable to shocks.
Adding that with the creation of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development by President Buhari in 2019 under the leadership of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, the programmes were restructured and revamped to respond to peculiarities of different parts of the country to ensure the right beneficiaries are targeted, and to enhance impact on target beneficiaries.
In her remark, the wife of the Governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola who was also present at the programme congratulated the beneficiaries for benefiting from the Federal Government Cash Grant for Rural Women in Osun.
The Osun First Lady urged the Federal Government to ensure that it gives a position to a woman out of every three position of appointment.
In his opening remark, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Intervention Programme Hon. Lukman Abimbola Bello commended President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government administration for the intervention programme made available to rural women in Osun.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the trio Aderinola Mariam, Falilat Nasir and a person with disability Lawal Monsurat appreciated the government for counting them worthy of the cash gran; they said that people had rumored the cash grant to be a fluke, added that they are glad to witness it today that it’s real and not as rumoured.
Also resent at the programme are the Commissioner for Women, Children and Women Affairs, Bar. Mrs Olubukola Olaboopo, the Iyaloja General of Osun, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade, and host of others.