The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said no fewer than 1, 940, 004 vulnerable Nigerians are currently receiving ₦5,000 cash gift each every month from the federal government.
Farouq said this while speaking at a one-day stakeholders’ retreat on National Social Investment (Establishment) Bill organised by the Senate Committee on Social Duties, on Thursday in Abuja.
Hajia Farouq said the bill is to provide a statutory and institutional framework for the implementation of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
According to a statement obtained by Oyo News, she said since the inception of the NSIP in 2015, one million youths have been empowered through the N-Power Programme and additional 500,000 others are currently undergoing various trainings under the programme as approved by the President.
Farouq added that the cash transfer has enrolled 1,975, 381 poor and vulnerable households from the National Social Register into a National Beneficiary Register, which alone has 9, 841, 700 household individuals in the 36 states of the federation.
In the same vein, she said public primary schools across the country “have witnessed an unprecedented number of new enrollments as a result of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, is “currently feeding 10 million pupils in over 66, 000 public schools across Nigeria.