Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has lauded the National Social Intervention Program, NSIP, of the Federal government, describing it as an initiative impacting positively on the lives of less privileged citizens across the country.
Governor Oyetola made this commendation on the occasion of the Flag-Off of the Federal Government Rural Cash Grant, On-boarding of Independent Monitor NSIP (2nd Batch) and Flag-Off of digitized payment system for Conditional Cash Transfer Program at Aurora Conference Centre, Osogbo, Osun State capital.
Governor Oyetola said that the programs comprising fourteen different social intervention initiatives were specifically aimed at alleviating the plight of ordinary Nigerians.
Governor Oyetola, stated, the programs have clearly portrayed the Federal government as a responsible and responsive administration which has been equally demonstrated by his administration such as health insurance scheme, school feeding, food support scheme as well as empowering women and youths irrespective of ethnic, political or religion affiliation across the Osun state.
The Osun State governor who was highly elated at the program reiterated his administration’s efforts in making life bearable for all citizens in the state through his various people oriented programmes saying he would not relent.
Governor Oyetola used the medium to admonished the beneficiaries of the grants to use it judiciously for the purpose meant for while urging them to demonstrate their unalloyed support to him come July 16 governorship election with an assurance that he would not let them down in all ramifications.
In her remark, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developments Hadjia Sadiya Umar, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr Nasir Sanni Gwarso, said that the Social Intervention Programs introduced in 2016 has impacted positively on the lives of over twelve million house holds with Osun State being the major beneficiaries in line with the vision of Governor Oyetola’s various welfare policies being demonstrated across the state.
Dr Gwarso, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously approved the extension of the Social Intervention Programs in meeting its objective of lifting over one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty.
The National Coordinator of the programs, Engr Umar Bindir (PhD), in his own remarks, commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for giving an enabling environment for the success of the Social programs that has favourably changed the lives of many across the state.
He urged other governors in the country to emulate Governor Oyetola in turning around the fortunes of the entire state.
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Earlier in his welcome remark, the Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Social Intervention Programs-NSIP Alhaji Lukman Abimbola Bello appreciated Mr Governor’s efforts and complete support to the vulnerable people in the state.
According to Alh Bello, “am not surprised that these three important national events holds here in Osun state, for a reason not far fetched as Osun is the architect of Social Intervention/Social Protections Programs which remains the overall best sustainer of intervention programs in the country today.
“Similarly, am highly elated to inform you all that efforts of Governor Oyetola in transforming the entire state cannot be over emphasised as he has been doing well towards the betterment of the people adequately”
High point of the occasion was the presentation of cash grants to the beneficiaries drawn from across the state by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in flagging off the second phase of the Federal Government Cash Grant to vulnerable groups in Osun State.
Dignitaries present at the occasion were Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwolu, Kano state Governor, Alhaji Abdulai Gaduje, the wife of the governor, Kafayat Oyetola, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, the wife of the Deputy Governor, Oyefunke Alabi, former Deputy Governor, Grace Titilaoye Ponle, the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun among others.