The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has declared that thousands of lives are being with the introduction of the Social Investment program.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the program was initiated by Governor AbdulRazaq to cater for the poor and vulnerable in the state.
AbdulRazaq while launching the automated command center of the Kwara State Social Investment Program (KWASSIP) noted that the program had been impactful for petty traders and the vulnerable, he also hailed president Muhammadu Buhari for initiating the safety net program, which the state had borrowed a leaf from.
The governor said “We are making real impact with the programme. You can imagine a woman with a net worth of N2000 and you are giving her N10,000 to scale up her business. Most of our people in the hinterlands could not get credit facilities. So, they are happy getting the money to support themselves,” AbdulRazaq told newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.
“In cities, you can think that N10,000 is too small but when you go to the hinterlands, you will see how it changes lives. N10,000 means a lot of money in our villages and among the poor. So, I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing social investment programmes. It is a safety net. A lot of people are benefitting from the safety net we are replicating in Kwara.
“We are here again to launch the KWASSIP command centre. Before the election when I heard about the federal government’s social investment programmes, I followed the Vice President to launch the programme in Kwara and we went to the market and I could see the real impact.
“The World Bank has also adopted the programme under its CARES programme. This is being replicated in other countries. We all saw the impact of the programme during Covid-19 lockdown. Imagine there is no such programme.”
The governor also added that more resources would be committed to the program, which has had at least 42,500 beneficiaries in order to expand it.
While speaking,Chief Operating Officer of the Bank of Industry (BOI)’s Growth Platform Uzoma Nwagba commended Kwara State Government for its commitment to transparency which he said differentiates Kwara from others doing the same.
“Kwara approach is one built on transparency. It is not lack of people who need this intervention and it is not lack of ideas and how it can be done; what is unique is the political will, honesty and sincerity that you want the money to get to the hands of the people fully. It is also good that the state embraces technology to drive the process instead of filling papers,” Nwagba said.
“I am extremely proud of what the state government has done. I am extremely proud about the vision of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq which made this to happen. We have seen tens of thousands of people who have benefitted from KWASSIP. These are people who ordinarily wouldn’t have such opportunities. Money is one thing but more importantly they now have things like identity such as BVN by virtue of being captured. So, they can now get a wallet to transact with.”
On his part, the Acting General Manager of KWASSIP Mohammed Brimah said: “We have four programmes under KWASSIP. They are Owo Isowo (TraderMoni), Owo Arugbo (Conditional Cash Transfer), Ounje Ofe (School Feeding Programme) which is about to kick off, and K-Power which is modelled after N-Power. This is focusing on digital training for beneficiaries.
“For Owo Arugbo, the target is 10,000 beneficiaries across the state. In all wards across the state there are beneficiaries. Each gets N6000 over two months because we disbursed in a cycle. That is six times in a year.
“And for Owo Isowo, we are targeting 30,000 beneficiaries for the programme. We also involved transporters during the lockdown and we were able to give about 11,000 transporters interest-free loan. Now, we are focusing on petty traders and we are currently on about 20,000 and about 10,000 more to go. Our agents are on the fields in various local government areas of the state.”
Babaloja General of Kwara State Marketers Association Alhaji Abdullahi Saad said the “experience has been fantastic. We are having a good experience with KWASSIP especially that all their activities are transparent. I am lucky to be in the food security dialogue committee comprising some states, and other states are ready to copy what we do with Owo Arugbo in Kwara State.”
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Emir of Lere in Lere Local Government area of Kaduna state, and a former army General,His Highness, Abubakar Garba Muhammed is dead.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the first class Kaduna monarch died on Saturday morning, according to family sources.
Sources also confirm that the traditional ruler will be buried by 5pm today.
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The Ongoing Northwest Zonal Congress of the People’s Democratic Party has suffered a setback as violence erupted at venue of the Congress holding in Kaduna.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the cause of the latest round of violence has not been determined as at the time of filing this report.
It will be recalled that the Bukola Saraki led reconciliation committee had given the greenlight for the Northwest and Southwest Congress to hold, as it claimed efforts to reconcile factions had been successful.
In the same vein Saraki Committee recently suffered another failure when the late Buruji Kashamu faction of the PDP in Ogun state defected to the ruling APC despite the committee declaring end to years of feud in the state’s chapter.
Bauchi Jailbreak Attempt Caused By Mobile Phone – NCS
The Nigeria Correctional Service has disclosed that the attempted jail break at the Bauchi Correctional centre was as a result of an attempt to smuggle a mobile phone into the centre.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that an officer tried to smuggle in a mobile phone for inmates, which is clearly illegal and against the rules.
Reports indicates that a scuffle ensued when inmates who wanted to benefit from the deal had a face off with other officers who busted the plan and enforced the rules.
The commission also affirmed that 2 officers and 5 inmates sustained injuries in the disturbance, and have been treated and discharged.
The restive inmates have also been put under control while the staff involved is undergoing interrogation, as ordered by the State Controller. This regrettable development is being investigated.
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