The Chief of Staff to the Governor of Bauchi state Dr Ladan Salihu has described the ongoing Rural Women’s Cash Transfer Program in Bauchi state as life saving and life touching.
Dr Salihu said in an interview, that the rural women in their entirety that have benefited from the program are very crafty and creative in managing little resources and building upon same to get out of poverty.
“I am convinced that this program will achieve the desired objectives with the kind of beneficiaries that I have seen in Bauchi state. Let me tell you about one thing that I have taken away from this program.
“When I was carrying out a routine check before the Honourable Minister arrived, there were more than 1,200 women waiting and outside.
“I saw about 50 other women who were not ordinarily registered or captured. I said they should just be given a chance to walk in. Some of the women where crippled and some with all forms of disabilities and they were allowed in.
“To my pleasant surprise , when I came in, I saw the same number of people that I saw outside. They were admitted, their names were taken and they have now become beneficiaries.
“I want to congratulate His Excellency Mr President Muhammadu Buhari and to salute the Honourable Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq for this very important life saving, life touching and life enhancing project”, he said.
On the logistics of the cash disbursement to rural women in Bauchi, the former Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria expressed satisfaction with the selection process.
“I am very impressed with the preparations, logistics and the entire mode of operation and meticulous execution of the distribution pattern which is full proof.
“I participated in the distribution and I can tell you that from what I have seen, I am convinced beyond any iota of doubt that the objectives of this program are being carefully, meticulously and creditably articulated and executed.
More that 4,000 women in twenty local government councils in Bauchi are to receive the one-off grant of N20,000 each which is a program designed by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to lift the vulnerable out of poverty.
No fewer than 78, 000 people in Bauchi state have so far benefitted from the federal government’s social investment programs.