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FCT Women Farmers Receive N10 Million Grants

By George George Idowu

The Women Affairs Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has embarked on an initiative to bolster women farmers by distributing N10 million in grants among 20 deserving beneficiaries across the Federal Capital Territory.

This grant, part of the Women Agricultural Empowerment program under the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI) spearheaded by First Lady Oluremi Tinubu, signifies a crucial investment in women’s agricultural ventures.

Each beneficiary is set to receive N500,000 to enhance and expand their agricultural businesses.

Mandate Secretary Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi, who doubles as the FCT coordinator of RHI, emphasized that this distribution marks a significant step toward supporting vulnerable women in scaling up their agricultural enterprises sustainably.

The initiative, specifically targeting women in the North-Central zone, carefully selected beneficiaries from the FCT’s six area councils.

Additionally, these women will benefit from a complimentary health insurance scheme provided by the FCTA’s Health Secretariat.

Furthermore, to ensure accountability and success, the recipients will undergo close monitoring to guarantee the efficient utilization of the grants.

A reward scheme totaling N7.5 million has also been announced to incentivize outstanding harvest yields, with the top achiever set to receive N5 million, the second-best N1.5 million, and the third-best N1 million.

Permanent Secretary Adetoyi Kolawole reiterated that this initiative aligns with the secretariat’s mission to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

He advised the beneficiaries to use the grants judiciously, emphasizing that the secretariat would oversee their proper utilization.

Victoria Sani, one of the beneficiaries and a poultry farmer from Kurudu community, Abuja Municipal Area Council, expressed profound gratitude to the First Lady for the transformative support received.

 

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