Sadiya Farouq

Banditry: FG gifts cash, fertilizers to Zamfara victims

NEWS DIGEST – The Federal Government has donated 29,800 bags of fertilisers and other farm inputs to victims of banditry in Zamfara State.

It also handed over assorted grains to the affected residents to help cushion the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The government further flagged off the payment of its Conditional Cash Transfer scheme and the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme loans to small business holders in the state.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, said the 50kg fertilisers and other farm inputs went to 4,606 farmers.

She disclosed this in a statement issued by her ministry’s Deputy Director, Rhoda Iliya, titled, “FG donates 29,800 bags of fertilisers and other farm inputs to victims of banditry in Zamfara State.”

Umar-Farouq said over 102.5 trailer loads of assorted grains including maize, millet, and sorghum approved as palliatives were donated.

She said the conditional cash was for 130,764 indigenes of Zamfara State from six Local Government Areas, who had been captured in the National Social Register.

The minister said the CCT was one of the components of the National Social Investment Programme established in 2016.

According to her, the aim of the scheme was to lift the poor out of poverty through the payment of N5,000 cash monthly to those considered as the poorest in society.

She urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the loan to improve their business.

Umar-Farouq, on behalf of the Federal Government, condoled with the government and people of Zamfara State on the loss of lives and properties in the state as a result of banditry.