The Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday inaugurated the distribution of relief materials to the victims of the floods in the state of Sokoto.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said the gesture was a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to alleviate losses for flood victims.
“We are here on a very important mission led by President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the people and government of Sokoto for the unfortunate flood incident that occurred in some parts of the state.
“Today we are doing two things, which is distributing relief items to flood victims and inaugurating the N20,000 cash grant for rural women in Sokoto.
“However, since 2015, when President Buhari took over the leadership of the country, the government has devoted more attention to protecting and promoting the poor and vulnerable across the country.
“It is part of such initiatives that we are here to carry out the intervention. This program was introduced to support President Buhari’s social protection and inclusion agenda.
“This must also include the dedication of the administration’s mission and vision to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years,” he said.
According to the minister, the rural grant of 20,000 naira will be distributed to more than 150,000 rural women across the country.
“We hope that the beneficiaries make good use of the gesture to make their income profitable and improve their food security, as well as improve their standard of living.
“We believe that the selected beneficiaries will be coming out of the Inshallah poverty line,” he added.
The minister further praised Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for making a great effort to support the lives of poor and vulnerable people in the state.
Also speaking, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dame Paullen Tallen, said that the gesture was part of the president’s agenda and commitment to support women in the country.
She described the flood disaster that occurred in the state as a disaster not only for the victims but for all the people of the country.
She called on women to ensure that the children in their care are enrolled in school to train the best future leaders of their generation.
Governor Tambuwal, who was represented by the state secretary of government, Malam Sa’idu Umar, thanked the federal government for the gesture.
Tambuwal assured that the state government will continue to support all of President Buhari’s programs and activities to improve the lives of people in Sokoto state.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the items distributed included corn, beans, rice, palm oil, seasonings, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, roofing sheets and cement.