From Okwe Obi, Abuja
Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya has stated that the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) will increase the state’s GDP by N100 million.
Yahaya spoke at the flag-off of the Cash Grant for Vulnerable Groups and the onboarding of Independent Monitors Stream in the state.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, he said: “All these are ventures which will improve the living standard of the poor and vulnerable.
“Indeed, the economic activities of the state stand to benefit One Hundred Million Naira which automatically is an increase of Gross Domestic Product of the state. This is no small intervention.
“You will all agree that this intervention is a lift for us in the journey that we have decided to undertake.
“Basically, this administration is determined to go beyond ordinary economic growth and ensure economic development.
“This is manifested in the development and launch of the 10-year development plan 2021-2030.”
Earlier, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, had explained, that the Buhari administration had inherited a national poverty incidence level averaging 70%.
“It is our belief that the cash grant will increase the income and productive assets of target beneficiaries, especially now that economic challenges at global and local levels affect the socio-economic situation of our people.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the grant to improve productive activities that would generate more income and improve their living standard.
“The three-in-one activity here in Gombe, including the flag-off of the Digitized Cash Transfer Payment System for the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme will create room for reliable, transparent and accessible database for seamless disbursement to beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer while the main role of the Independent Monitors is to ensure that the Primary Objectives of the NSIPs are achieved.”
Umar Farouq later presented engagement letters and devices to Independent Monitors as well as cash grants to vulnerable beneficiaries.
A total number of 3,541 beneficiaries from 11 local government councils in Gombe state will receive a one-off Cash Grant of N20,000.