The Niger State Government says it has so far received over N28 billion from the Federal Government to support many of its Special Intervention Programme (SIP) in the state in the last five years.
The Focal Person for Niger State, Barrister Amina Gwer, made the disclosure while speaking to journalists on the outcome of the 15th State Executive Council meeting at Government House, Minna, the state capital.
According to her, the Federal Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government towards the implementation of various intervention programmes in the state.
She explained that a total of 19,753 households across the 274 political wards from the 25 local government areas benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer and the Co responsibility Scheme to the tune of N3.8 Billion.
She said the Federal Government spent an additional N951,670,000 on its Trader Moni and Market Moni economic empowerment scheme of about 62,112 beneficiaries.
Barrister Gwer further revealed that, the ongoing Home Grown School Feeding Programme has gulped the sum of N12 Billion comprising 14,000 public primary school pupils in the 25 council areas of the state.
On the N-power scheme in the state, the focal person disclosed that a total of 12, 171 graduates have passed through the scheme in Niger State with an estimated cost of over 11 Billion, forty one Million two hundred ninety thousand Naira from 2016 – 2017.
She then denied speculations alleging that the programmes are targeted at patronising the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, insisting, “it has no political colouration whatsoever. Some of those we use as master bakers are not even from Niger state, like the Chairman, Mr. Sylvester is an Igbo man while the Secretary is not even a Nigerian, but from Niger Republic.”