NAPEP Disburses N107m Education Assistance To Indigent Children

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The national poverty eradication programme, in collaboration with Zamfara state government has disburse about N107million to cater for educational and health needs of about 2,000 indigent children.

Alhaji Abdulkadir Ahmed, NAPEP coordinator n the state said on Thursday at the flag off of poverty eradication accelerator investment (PRAI) scheme in Gusau, that 740 poor households have so far been captured by scheme.

Ahmed said that PRAI programme is essentially intended to assist indigent households to enable them take care of the educational needs of their wards, in an effort to address generational transfer of poverty.

He said through the scheme, 50 house holds in each of the 14 local governments were selected and given an education stipend of N5, 000 for twelve months.

He further said that the beneficiaries were at the thirteenth month given a start up capital of N84, 000 to support them for self reliance.

According to him, while NAPEP covered ten local governments, the state government stepped up to replicate the scheme in four remaining local governments for a spiral impact across the state.

He also said that more than 80 per cent of the beneficiaries of the scheme were women especially widows because they are most vulnerable to dismal poverty and helplessness.

In her address at the occasion, Hajiya Saratu Shinkafi wife of the state governor said that the state government would double its support to the scheme considering its relevance to the needs of the people.

She urged the beneficiaries to make judicious utilisation of the start up capital and ensure that their children are accorded the right to education.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Emir of Gusau,Alhaji Muhammadu Kabir Danbaba said the scheme is a clear demonstration of government resolve to fight poverty and provide equal opportunities for carrier development.