Fed Govt to Disburse N300m to Jigawa Small-scale Farmers


The Federal Government has concluded plans to disburse N300 million to 6,000 Jigawa State petty traders and small-scale farmers under the Government Empowerment and Enterprise Programme (GEEP).

Fed Govt to Disburse N300m to Jigawa Small-scale Farmers
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq

While flagging off the second phase of the government empowerment and enterprise programme (GEEP) in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said the beneficiaries had been selected and screened.

The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo said when President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015; over 70 per cent of Nigerians were living below poverty level.

According to her, out of concern and determination to change the negative narrative, President Buhari established the Social Intervention Programme (SIP) under which series of interventions were initiated and implemented to tackle the challenge.

Faruk said: “There are many success stories. The first phase has elevated millions of Nigerians from abject poverty while many have become employers of labour.”

Faruq added that the targeted beneficiaries in the second phase will receive N50, 000 each to enhance their small-scale trade.

She urged the beneficiaries to be determined and self-disciplined in utilising the loan facility to achieve the desired goals.

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