The federal government has flagged off its National rural cash and the digitalized payment system for conditional cash transfer Programme.
At the ceremony held in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk announced that over 12 million household have benefited from the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP.
Sadiya who was represented by the permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo, said that over 12 million beneficiaries within the last five years across the country, but over 131,000 were from Osun State.
She also added, the NSIP as the largest social Intervention programme in Africa, costing government a budgetary allocation of one billion dollars annually, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the expansion of the programme to lift more Nigerians out of poverty.
Moreover, the grant for the vulnerable groups programme was introduced in year 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the present administration, consistent with the national target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.