From Tope Musowo, Ado Ekiti
The Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the government of Ekiti state has embarked on an agric-related training programme to cushion the effect of poverty among young mothers in the state.
A total of Two thousand two hundred and fifty (2,250) young mothers between the ages of 40 to 45 are benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) a social safety net jointly financed by Ekiti state government in conjunction with experts from Ekiti state Ministry of Agriculture and the federal government, to reduce the effect of poverty in the state.
The local government areas that are selected through poverty index rate, for the programme, includes the following; Ise/Orun, Ikere, Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ido/osi and Ilejemeje, while the CCT beneficiaries have been enjoying a monthly disbursement of five thousand naira to enhance family empowerment since last year, a lump sum of one hundered thousand (100,000.00) naira is being given to each of the beneficiaries to start up an agric-related business like poultry farming, fish farming, cassava processing business, vegetable production etc.
The beneficiaries are currently receiving training, 450 women were chosen from each of the aforementioned LGAs for a training program that is taking place in five selected secondary schools, one from each of the local government areas which is to last from 5 days.
According to the Special Adviser to the Governor of Ekiti state on Millennium Development Goals, Mrs Bunmi Dipo Salami, the essence of the CCT scheme is to eradicate poverty and hunger as well as promote gender equality and women empowerment in the state.