From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d Gusau
The United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development funded programme, Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP), has disbursed the sum of 588, 000 naira to 147 nursing women in Bilbis town of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state.
The money being ongoing monthly cash transfer to help young children scale through first 1,000 days of their lives.
According to the Advocacy and Communication Officer of the CDGP, Mrs. Fatima Musa, the aims of the programme which is initiated to serve for six years in Jigawa and Zamfara states, was to subdue widespread poverty, hunger and malnutrition in northern Nigeria, which affects the children’s chances to survive and develop as required.
Mrs. Musa further informed that, the programme is directly touching and changing to better, the lives of 110,000 women through the ongoing exercise of 4,000 naira monthly cash transfer from the two benefittng states right from the confirmation period of their pregnancy until their children attend the age of 2 years.
“It has been discovered that, 77% of the population in northern Nigeria is poor, the formidable reason the poorest children are more at risk of suffering from malnutrition, dying before the age of five, missing out of schools, early marriage and or early pregnancy, being subject to exploitation as well”, Mrs. Musa stated.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Yakubu Muhammad Tsafe, warned the benefitting women to ensure judicious use of the money.