By Fakayejo Paul
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has brightened the hope of Nigerian farmers, especially those in the rural areas.
This she did when she invited vulnerable Nigerians to “come forward and receive interest-free loans under the just launched Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme, GEEP 2.0.”
She said this at the flagging off of GEEP 2.0, being the second phase of the GEEP program. According to Sadiya Umar Farouq, GEEP 2.0 is one of the National Social Investment Programmes created by the President Muhammadu-led administration to assist the skilled-but-unbanked-vulnerable population.
Furthermore the minister emphasized that the program is expected to empower Nigerian farmers especially in the rural areas, deliver rapid scale-up of FarmerMoni to agroprenuership for increased agricultural produce, food security and job creation.
“MarketMoni targets the under-privileged and marginalized women in the communities while the TraderMoni aims to empower and uplift under-privileged and vulnerable youths, scavengers, market wheelbarrow pushers, orphans and youths with special needs.
“I call on all Nigerians who are specially targeted by the NSIP and indeed the GEEP to please take advantage of all that the programme offers so that the vision of Mr. President of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 2030 will unfailingly be accomplished,” the minister further remarked.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was the Special Guest of Honour at the launch, was represented by Babafemi Ojudu, Special Assistant (Political matters) to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Babafemi Ojudu, while delivering the keynote address of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo assured the Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development of the full backing of the presidency.
Present at the event include dignitaries such as Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister for labour; Yomi Dare, Minister for youths and sport; Pauline Tallen, Minister for Women Affairs; Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Minister for Environment; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Bashir Nura Alkali; the 37 focal persons from across the federation including the FCT; the NSIP team head, Umar Bindir; among others.