BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina
Government has planned to feed one million pupils across the state by early next year, the special adviser to the government on girl-child and women development, Binta Abba Umar, disclosed yesterday.
Umar stated this in Katsina when Governor Aminu Bello Masari formally launched Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme designed as part of the social intervention scheme for the poor and vulnerable persons by the present administration.
She said about 11, 000 women were engaged for the school feeding programme, while about 30,000 persons that will be involved in the provision of the meals have benefitted from cottage loans.
She also revealed that over 40,000 youths in the state had been enrolled into N – Power programme, a component of Federal Government’s social intervention scheme.
Flagging off the CCT Programme, Governor Masari said both the federal and the state government are prepared to address the problems of poverty and unemployment bedeviling the society.
The governor commended the high level of trust the public reposed on the government at fulfilling its promises, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration is providing leadership by example.
Masari expressed confidence that the beneficiaries of the various programmes initiated in the present dispensation would make judicious use of the opportunity and use their voters’ cards wisely in the up-coming elections, while soliciting for prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to improve the quality of life of the people.
In his remarks, the state coordinator of the CCT Programme, Shafiu Abdullahi Zango, said about 54,000 persons will benefit from the programme across the 34 local government areas of the state.
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