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Gov. Buni rolls out ₦100 million aid package for 2022 flood victims


Gov. Buni rolls out ₦100 million aid package for 2022 flood victims

Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu

Yobe State Governor, Honourable Mai Mala Buni, has officially launched the distribution of one hundred million naira (₦100,000,000) to one thousand (1,000) beneficiaries as part of a livelihood grant for those affected by the 2022 floods in the state.

During the same event, Governor Buni also kicked off the distribution of a monthly stipend of ₦10,000 to 3,510 beneficiaries across the state. Both initiatives are integral components of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) program.

In his address at the Government House in Damaturu, Governor Mai Mala Buni explained that NG-CARES is an intervention program built upon existing Federal Government projects, including the National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP), Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), FADAMA, and Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), among others.

These programs collectively aim to alleviate poverty and empower vulnerable households at both the federal and state levels, expanding access to livelihood support and food security services.

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He revealed that,” Over one decade of insurgency challenge has no doubt compounded our economic situation with unfavourable poverty indices, and sadly, government’s post-recovery efforts are further being challenged by natural disasters, high inflation rates and the consequences of oil subsidy withdrawal. However, government is taking advantage of such interventions to improve the well-being of our people.

Gov. Buni rolls out ₦100 million aid package for 2022 flood victims
Gov. Buni and some of the beneficiaries

“The programme is utilising the State Social Register of poor and vulnerable households to reach out to the targeted Beneficiaries.

“For the successful implementation of the various platforms of the NG-CARES, the State Government has made a cumulative contribution of one billion, eight hundred and twenty-six million, nine hundred and one thousand Naira (₦1,826,901,000)”.

He revealed that, the beneficiaries include farmers, small and medium entrepreneurs as well as provision of 44 micro projects to 21 communities under the FADAMA, Community and Social Development Agency and other related programmes in the State.

“It should be noted that the ₦10,000 cash stipend is going to be paid monthly for a period of two years while the ₦100,000 is to be paid once to cushion the effect of floods and other shocks of victims of such natural disasters”.

Governor Buni concluded by appealing to the beneficiaries to utilize these resources wisely for a better quality of life.

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