The country representative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Ms Rebecca Hallam, has called on both state and local governments to improve the lives of its citizens by increasing its investment on adult basic education.
She stated this in Abuja, yesterday, at the final dissemination of the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihood project, organised by CRS in partnership with the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with the theme, “Progress Towards Reducing Poverty in Nigeria”.
The five-year programme (2013-2018) which was funded by USAID in selected northern states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Adamawa, Yobe, and Borno; and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was aimed at boosting agriculture; building income and assets; improving nutritional and educational status, especially of women and children.
She suggested that other donor and private organisations interested in improving the lives of beneficiaries should adopt a project model that included literacy and numeracy, adding that it has been tested and proved to be effective and adaptable to the communities.
Hallam noted that literacy and numeracy are vital aspects of improving the livelihoods of people, noting that the use of specialised primers made it very easy for beneficiaries to comprehend the curriculum.
She maintained that the project interventions contributed immensely to the reduction of poverty among the beneficiaries, as well as increased and diversified their income for sustainable livelihoods and income generation.
Hallam emphasised that the project touched the lives of about 260,000 people across northern Nigeria.
The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab, Ms Marietu Sanago, noted that the project improved food consumption, food security and diet diversity, adding that cash transfers component of the project, were used for housing improvements.
Sanago, who spoke through a video message, pointed out that cash transfers impacted on both household consumption as well as women’s employment and wellbeing, even as she regretted that over 92 per cent of people within Kebbi were very poor.
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