The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, has disclosed that Kaduna State has benefited from over ₦13.5 billion of the federal government’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
The finance minister said President Muhammadu Buhari,was leading the revolutionary process of unprecedented infrastructural development and the largest social investment programme in Nigeria’s history, according to a statement issued by her spokesman, Paul Abechi.
Ahmed,who made this disclosure yesterday at the Federal College of Education, Zaria during the disbursement of empowerment funds to women of Zone 1 of Kaduna State, noted that the Kaduna State Women Empowerment Fund (KADSWEF), project has confirmed the political will of the Kaduna State government to toe the line of social investment alongside infrastructural investment.
She however acknowledged that there was still more grounds to be covered and therefore reiterated the federal government’s commitment to the programme.
According to her, “The federal government through the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) has since inception began implementing a number of programmes targeted at improving the lives of Nigerians especially the poor and vulnerable members of our society. Kaduna State, fortunately is a beneficiary of all the interventions that make up the NSIP, with investment exceeding 13.5 billion.
“There are over 18,000 N-Power volunteers in Kaduna State in addition to 585 Npower build trainees. For these beneficiaries, we have expended over 4 billion.
“The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme has so far reached over 1million pupils in about 4,000 schools and has created a sustainable means of livelihood for the over 12,000 women engaged as cooks under the programme. On this programme in Kaduna State alone, we have spent, on your behalf, over ₦8 billion.
“Another component of the NSIP, the Government Enterprise & Empowerment Programme (GEEP) has given about 1billion to almost 20,000 beneficiaries. The poorest of the poor have began benefitting from the National Cash Transfer Programme. In Kaduna State, 10,482 persons have benefitted from a total of ₦314 million.”
Ahmed, who reiterated the need for support from state governments, commended the efforts of Kaduna State’s government on what it is doing with KADSWEF.
“KADSWEF is a superb support to our efforts. I have also been informed that it has announced the expansion of the fund to 400 million in 2019, 800 million in 2020 and 1billion subsequently.
“This is a lot of investment that, if made, and properly utilised by the women beneficiaries, will ensure that a lot of grounds will be covered in our strides towards empowerment of women downtrodden, and small & medium entrepreneurs,” she added.