Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said there are enough evidences to prove that Cash Transfer programme for the vulnerable people is a workable solution to extreme poverty,
The Governor spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, at the launch of the United Nations Development Programme Socio-Economic Revitalisation Support Programme.
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The programme targets over 3,000 vulnerable families and small businesses for unconditional cash transfer.
He said there are documented evidences of how putting money directly in the hands of the needy has helped to refocus the global efforts to empower people.
AbdulRazaq commended the federal government and UNDP for making impactful contributions to strengthen small scale businesses and bring comfort to the masses after the pandemic.
The Chief of staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari appealed to the beneficiaries of the programme to attach to all components of the programme the focus and attention required for maximum life-changing results.
UNDP representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Yahaya, said the programme seeks to strengthen the capacities of communities affected by the impact of the pandemic, with at least 3,000 kwara women and youths expected to benefit.
He said the UNDP has so far implemented the programme across 10 states in the Country, with over 80,000 beneficiaries supported since 2020 to date, calling it a positive step to herald several other steps to the economic recovery in the Country.
Mohamed commended the state government for rising to the occasion at all times and for implementing several initiatives to support the people of the State.
Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who was represented by Israel Echukwu, said all hands must be on deck for the country to achieve greatly on the implementation of SDG goals, and hailed the Governor for doing so well in this respect.