Jigawa GDP hits N2.25tn as state’s NSIPs boom

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Jigawa State Government has announced an increase in its gross domestic product to N2.25tn following a boom in business activities and the national social investment programmes of the Federal Government.

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, disclosed this at the Manpower Development Institute, Dutse, during the commencement of the cash grant for vulnerable groups in the state, according to a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The ministry also stated that the onboarding of independent monitors and the inauguration of the digitised payment for conditional cash transfer began in the state the same day.

Abubakar said the various social investment programmes in Jigawa had not only impacted the poor and vulnerable in the state but had also skyrocketed the state’s GDP from N1tn in 2015 to N2.25tn in 2020.

The governor said the programmes offered life-changing opportunities to the people of Jigawa State and promised to assist in monitoring and evaluating the programmes.

He was quoted in the report as saying, “We have 25,987 N-Power beneficiaries over the three batches, while 167,657 households enjoy the conditional cash transfer of N5,000 monthly or N10,000 every two months.

“We are feeding 935,000 in our primary schools and because of your contributions to the school feeding programme, we are also feeding pupils of primaries four to six. The Jigawa State Government is adding a little to make it possible for all the primary school pupils in Jigawa to be fed.

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“We have 9, 673 cooks gainfully employed and about 5,000 of our indigenes will get N20,000 as cash grants for vulnerable persons. No wonder, the cumulative effects of what the Federal Government is doing with the anchor borrowers and the President’s call to go back to farming has doubled our GDP from N1tn in 2015 to N2.25tn in 2020.”

Abubakar added, “We have seen a dramatic increase in wealth in our state, courtesy of these social investment programmes that you are churning out and the programmes that the President has brought to our doorsteps including farming activities.”

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, who inaugurated the programme, announced that 4,537 beneficiaries in the state would receive a one-off cash grant of N20,000.

She said, “Our target in Jigawa State is to disburse the grant to 4,537 beneficiaries across the 27 local government areas and the poor and vulnerable categories across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Using this grant, many of the beneficiaries will improve their productivity and their commercial activities, all of which will help in easing them out of poverty.”

She further explained that the inauguration of the digitised payment exercise was to create room for a transparent and accessible database for seamless disbursement to beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer.

Farouq charged the beneficiaries to invest the grant in petty businesses that would yield dividends over time, and also onboarded 80 independent monitors who would receive N30,000 monthly payments.

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