TraderMoni: FG Starts Giving ‘Vulnerable’ Nigerians Disbursements Of N20,000 And N50,000 Each
On Wednesday, the Federal Government began disbursing grants and loans totaling between N20,000 and N50,000 to 5,485 “vulnerable” young people and women as part of the TraderMoni and MarketMoni programs of its Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
The payments will start today in the states of Delta and Bayelsa, according to an announcement made by Sadiya Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development.
On Wednesday, the minister traveled to both states to launch the payouts and express sympathy to the populace for the recent flooding there.
“The GVG (Grant for Vulnerable Groups) program is meant to deliver a one-time cash grant of N20,000.00 to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians in rural and peri-urban regions across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory,” she stated in Delta. In Delta State, our goal is to distribute the award to around 3,000 recipients across the 25 local government areas. It is important to clarify that 70% of these recipients must be women, with 30% going to children. In addition, Mr. President has mandated that at least 15% of all beneficiaries particularly go to citizens with special needs, such as people with disabilities (PWDs), people who have been internally displaced, and senior residents in the State.
According to Farouq, the GEEP program will provide loans totaling N50,000 to “underprivileged and marginalized youths in Nigeria aged between 18 and 40 years,” N50,000 to “underprivileged and marginalized women in the society with a special focus on female-headed households,” and N300,000 to rural farmers.
A total of 33,838 potential beneficiaries were registered throughout 28 LGAs in Delta State during the first phase of GEEP 2.0. Of those, 11,991 were validated, and 4,754 were counted. 4,657 beneficiaries in total were ultimately chosen to receive payments. The program is now ready to launch in the Delta State after the enumeration of the chosen recipients. By God’s grace, successful GEEP beneficiaries will begin receiving credit alerts from Access Bank as of right now.
The minister added that President Muhammadu Buhari had authorized the release of “12,000 metric tons of diverse food commodities from National Strategic Reserve for distribution to victims of this flood tragedy in the country as a measure to alleviate their suffering.” The victims of the flood tragedy in the State will receive 105 metric tons of maize, 88.7 metric tons of sorghum, and 98.7 metric tons of garri from this.
In Bayelsa, according to Farouq, 828 of the 8,762 registered clients were chosen to get assistance from the programs.