Nigeria Burst with Joy at President Tinubu's unprecedented Christmas packages; As FG launched the Renewed Hope Grants for very poor and vulnerable groups in Cross River state

     .....Beneficiaries in Cross River, Lagos,l Kogi, Imo, Akwa ibom, others etc. Praise President Tinubu for Yuletide Gesture says money will go a long way to provide sustainable livelihood for their household this period.

No fewer than 5,000 vulnerable, very poor persons and even People  With Disabilities, PWDs in Cross River state Monday (Christmas day) received N20,000 grant each from from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation,  Thanked President Tinubu during the flag off of the grants for poor and vulnerable groups in Cross River state.

This is coming on the heels of other packages provided by the President to provide relief for Nigerians this period. It will be recalled that over 3.5 million households in Nigerian have already received the Renewed Hope conditional cash transfer, with another 4.5 million being enrolled and banked presently at various villages and communities acrossed the country even through the season. These households are to be paid within two weeks. Furthermore, the payment of the backlog for NPower Beneficiaries is ongoing with one month payment for almost 400,000 beneficiaries already completed this Yeletide season. The president also announced the reduction by half on road, rail, and air transport this Christmas period. Grants for Very Poor and Vulnerable groups have been paid to citizens in Kogi, Cross River, Lagos, imo, Akwaibom, and several other states this month ahead and during the Yeletide season 

The event, which was the first of its kind in the state, got the beneficiaries  extremely excited, especially the physically challenged persons, who were part of the Christmas celebrations event in Calabar.

Speaking at the event which was held at the Millennium Park, Calabar, the state capital,  the Minister said the one-off grant was part of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu's determination to lift vulnerable Nigerians from the abysses of poverty across the country.

"Here in Cross River, we are flagging off the grant for vulnerable groups in Cross River. So far, we've been able to reach 5,000 very poor and vulnerable persons at the grassroots in this state with plans to expand in the coming year. "

"We have checked and confirmed that these people are very poor and they deserve to benefit from the scheme in line with President Tinubu's commitment to lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty in 2024 through the various social protection programmes" the Minister said.

She urged the beneficiaries to invest the grants into profitable economic ventures.

"These monies are not given to you for you to spend on drinks or do whatever that is out of place, but to start a petty trade or boast your petty trade and make better profits to sustain your families.

"These monies can be used to start up little businesses. You can use these grants to boost your trade, and that will help with sustainability. These grants are deliberate acts by the federal government to pull people out of poverty.

Dr. Edu assured that qualified Cross Riverians will be beneficiaries of the federal government's social intervention programmes being implemented through her ministry and agencies within the sector.

Earlier, the Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu who flagged off the event and presented the Dummy Cheque to beneficiaries with the wife Reverend Mrs Eyoanwan Bassey Otu  commended President Tinubu for championing the cause of the poor and prioritising the welfare of the citizens.

The Cross River Governor, who said the state under his watch has been pushing a people first government said he has given palliatives like never before in the history of Cross River, implored the beneficiaries to put the grants into proper use. Otu said the "Grants for the Vulnerable" Programe will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals in Cross River State

"On behalf of the people of Cross River State, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to His Excellency, the President of this great Nation, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for truly making a difference in peoples lives daily and championing this cause of prioritizing the welfare of our citizens, it is easy to know a transparent tGovernment that mean well for its people" he said.

On her part, wife of the Governor of Cross River State,  extend her gratitude to Nigerian First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, saying "Her compassion and dedication to our nation's well-being have been invaluable together, The President and his wife both exemplify true leadership and empathy.

I would like to extend my appreciation to my amiable Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, for her tireless efforts in coordinating the implementation of this program in our state and across the nation. We are proud of her hard work and dedication to duty.

"Your collective efforts have inspired hope and brought much-needed relief to those who need it most, especially in a time like this. I implore you the beneficiaries to put to good use the grant given to you so that in no distant time, we can all begin to live better lives, "Rev. Mrs Otu said. 

At the event, while the Minister was speaking, beneficiaries began to scream for joy, and the environment burst with celebration as beneficiaries started receiving alerts on their Phones. some of the  beneficiaries, including the People with Disabilities,Governor, and wife, as well as the Honourable Minister, danced to celebrate President Tinubu Renewed Hope Agenda on Christmas Day in Cross River State.

Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair,(ANIPR),Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Honourable Minister, FMHAPA

Published by Pst Bill Francis Bill Chief Sen Bola Ahmed Tinubu,Sen Pst Governor Prince Otu Spokesperson Senior Chief Advocate to Hon Dr minister Betta for better Nigeria.

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