From Tope Musowo, Ado Ekiti
The Federal Government in collaboration with the Ekiti State Government has embarked on agriculture-related training programme for young mothers, to address the scourge of poverty in the state.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training programme, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Mrs Bunmi Dipo Salami said the CCT scheme was essential to eradicate poverty and hunger among the women.
Salami also disclosed that the programme was aimed at promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the state.
According to her, a total of Two thousand two hundred and fifty (2,250) young mothers between the ages of 40-45 are expected to benefit from the MDGs Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), a social safety net jointly financed by Ekiti state government using experts from the state Ministry of Agriculture and the federal government.
Streamlining the programme using the poverty index rate, however, the benefiting local government areas that are selected include Ise-Orun, Ikere, Irepodun-Ifelodun, Ido-osi and Ilejemeje.
Similarly, those who are already benefiting from the CCT since 2013 have been receiving a monthly disbursement of five thousand naira, so as to enhance family empowerment.
The beneficiaries have also received N100, 000 each to start up an agic-related business of their choice such as poultry farming, fish farming, cassava processing business, vegetable production amongst others.
Furthermore, the beneficiaries who are currently receiving training in five selected locations include 450 women that were chosen from each of the aforementioned LGA’s.