Posted by News Express | 25 June 2016 | 1,880 times
At least 8.4 million Nigerians will benefit from the Federal Government’s Social Intervention Project, a government official said on Saturday.
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Protection Plan, Mrs Maryam Uwais, gave the figure in Abuja during a workshop on the National Social Protection Policy Framework.
She explained that the special protection project was designed for delivery under five clearly defined programmes to restore livelihoods, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor.
At the workshop were representatives of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies that have roles to play in the Federal Government’s Social Protection Programme.
It was organised to put final touch on the framework for the policy that the government is hoping to use to reduce poverty.
According to Mrs Uwais, the plan is being designed to include an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
The Federal Government has budgeted 500 billion Naira for the Social Protection Programmes in the 2016 budget and the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said “the target is to develop a policy that is comprehensive and all-inclusive”.
The five core programmes of the government’s Social Protection Policy include N-Power meant to create jobs for graduates and non-graduates, the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme for school pupils, the Cash Transfers, Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and the Stem Bursary Programme. (Channels TV)
•Photo shows President Buhari.
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