N- SIP Focal Person Mobilises Women For Kwara Governor’s Re- election Bid
By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
The Focal Person of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in Kwara State, Dr. Rabiat Shehu- Jimoh, has called on women, especially the beneficiaries of the programme to troop out enmasse on March 11, 2023 to vote for Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for a second term of office.
She also asked the N-SIP beneficiaries to mobilise their relatives to vote for the Governor and all the House of Assembly candidates contesting under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state in appreciation of the governor’s kind gesture.
Shehu- Jimoh, who made the call during an interview with newsmen in her office in Ilorin, the state capital, said she had recently led the beneficiaries of N-SIP on a solidarity rally for Governor AbdulRazaq in appreciation of his love and passion for the wellbeing of women in the state .
“My advice to women is to come out with their relatives to vote and re-elect Governor AbdulRazaq who has done so much for us in the last four years. In the history of Kwara State, women have not had it so good as being witnessed under the AbdulRazaq’s administration.
Women need to vote for our Governor during the 11th March, 2023 elections so that the NSIP programmes will continue in the state and more women and youths will benefit from it.
“In appreciation of the governor’s love for the masses and especially the women, I recently led the N- SIP beneficiaries on a ‘thank you rally’ for Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and His Excellency, Governor AbdulRazaq. During the highly successful rally from the town to the Surulere family residence of the AbdulRazaqs in Ilorin, the state capital, I sensitised all the cooks and other beneficiaries of NSIP on the need to re-elect Governor AbdulRazaq for second term on the 11th of March, 2023 to reciprocate his kind gestures to us women and our daughters who are holding various positions of authority in AbdulRazaq’s administration, “she said.
The N- SIP focal person added: “Governor AbdulRazaq has done very well in the appointment of more women into key government offices. The governor’s cabinet has over 50 percent women representation. The governor’s passion for the development of the womenfolk has been locally and internationally recognised. You will recall that the governor bagged the UN’s ‘ He for She’ award and he was also honoured by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs for surpassing the 35 percent political appointment allocation for women. I give kudos to our Governor for this great accomplishment.”
On the impact of N- SIP programmes on the lives of the beneficiaries, Sheu- Jimoh said: “The programmes have brought succour to the beneficiaries who were hitherto jobless. The women who are the cooks can now feed their children, take care of their needs and help the family members from the monthly payments they get for cooking while the number of pupils at schools have increased tremendously. We now have more enrolment of pupils in all schools across all the 16 local government areas in the state. Many youths who benefited from the N- Power scheme can establish themselves with one trade or the other learned from the N-skills programmes. Thousands of youths are paid monthly for their deployments to various ministries. Under GEEP, many youths, men, and women benefited from Tradermoni, Marketmoni, and Farmermoni. This is a scheme where they get a loan of 50,000 for trader Moni and marketmoni while the farmermoni is 300,000 worth of farm materials.
“The CCT scheme recorded the largest number of beneficiaries in the state as many women who are breadwinners of their families and old women were paid N5000 monthly for a year to take care of their needs. The first stream of three years has been completed while the new stream will soon start. All in all, we have a total number of 65,528 beneficiaries of NSIP programmes in the state. More beneficiaries will join as the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari is to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, which is also the ambition of His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, to bring out many Kwarans from poverty at the state level, particularly the women.”