By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
Women beneficiaries of the National Social Investment
Programme (N-SIP) in Kwara State in their numbers have staged a solidarity rally in support of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the Saturday presidential/National Assembly and March 11th governorship elections.
The beneficiaries promised to vote massively for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the February 25th election and Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in the 11th March election.
The Focal Person of N-SIP in the state, Dr. (Mrs) Rabiat Shehu- Jimoh, who led the rally to the private residence of AbdulRazaqs in Surulere area, Ilorin, said: “We the beneficiaries of the programme in the state are here to say thank you to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the masses the privilege to be recognised in the society. We also thank Governor AbdulRahman
AbdulRazaq for the good things he has done to the people of the state.
It was when he came to power in 2019 that N-SIP and the school
feeding programme came to the state. It is because of that that we the cooks of N-SIP programme are here to express our support for his second term bid.
“We are using this forum to recognise and support all APC candidates in this Saturday election and subsequent one, we are assuring the Governor that we are behind him. Under N-SIP, we have two units; they are school feeding and Conditional Cash Transfer 9CCT). The number of
beneficiaries under school feeding is 1,167, and 95,665 students are
being fed daily through the programme. Under N-GEEP we have about 3,064 beneficiaries and beneficiaries under CCT are 24,324. In N-Power no fewer than 26,147 have benefited.“
She added that N-SIP had enabled women in the state to be useful to
the society and their family members.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries across the 16 local government areas of the state, Mrs Fatima Ibrahim hailed the APC government at both the federal and state levels for putting smile on the faces of the beneficiaries.
“All of us the beneficiaries are using this occasion to pledge our
support for our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and
Governor AbdulRazaq at the polls,” she said.
Receiving the beneficiaries on behalf of the Governor, deputy directorngeneral of the APC Campaign Council in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari who was supported by the special adviser on Strategy, Alhaji Saadu Salahu and Dr Ghali Alaaya, appreciated the people for their pledge to vote for all APC candidates at all levels during the forthcoming general elections, adding that: “We thank you for showing appreciation to what the federal government
has done to improve the lives of our women. From the figures above a
lot of the beneficiaries who were hitherto jobless are now fully engaged.
“We urge you to continue to support the state government as it strives to bring more dividends of democracy to the generality of the people, especially women
in the state,” Samari said.