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FG launches GEEP 2.0 in Kano, beneficiaries to receive instant alerts – Permsec

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Beneficiaries receiving Trade-Moni loans during the GEEP Launch

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo, has said Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 2.0) was packaged to address the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country.

Dr. Gwarzo, who made the disclosure, while speaking at the roll-out of GEEP 2.0 in Kano, said the Federal Government has paid more attention in generating solutions to tackle the plight of the poor and vulnerable, among others, adding that, beneficiaries were to receive alerts in the very day.

“We are here to officially Roll-Out the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP 2.0) in Kano State – a programme designed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration for vulnerable and low-income Nigerians, who are involved in some sort of commercial activity/capacity but have never had the opportunity to access loans.

“It is meant to give priority to the most vulnerable in our society, e.g., widows, youths, disabled and the displaced, amongst others.”

He said, “GEEP is captured in three-signature schemes, namely, the Trader-Moni loan of N50,000, targeted towards uplifting under-privileged and marginalized youths between the ages of 18-40 years in Nigeria.”  

According to him, “Market-Moni is an empowerment programme designed for under-privileged and marginalized women between the ages of 18-65 in our society, specifically targeted towards Female-headed households, e.g., widows and divorcees, amongst other vulnerable groups; then, the Farmer-Moni loan scheme,  which is equally designed to provide agricultural inputs between N50,000-N300,000 to rural farmers.”

Dr. Gwarzo further explained that, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme was restructured to have a top-bottom representation from the Federal, State and Local Government levels, respectively.

“In the first phase of GEEP programme, about 1,142,783 potential beneficiaries were registered by the COMOs across the 774 LGAs in Nigeria, out of which 62,625 potential beneficiaries were registered in Kano State across its 44 LGAs; after which verification was done, and about 16,089 for Phase I were selected, having met the set criteria of selection,” he stated.

The Permanent Secretary said, “These selected beneficiaries are currently undergoing enumeration and, today, I have gracefully come to Roll-Out the programme in my home State – the Centre of Commerce” Kano State. 

“Hence, successful beneficiaries of the GEEP programme will start receiving credit alerts from Access Bank from today, by God’s grace,” he noted.

Dr. Gwarzo said, “In a bid to onboard more beneficiaries on to the GEEP programme, the ministry shall soon commence the second-phase of GEEP Registration, of which an official date will be communicated.

“The second-phase of GEEP is expected to capture more vulnerable groups for the purpose of uplifting them out of abject poverty and to reduce unemployment in the society,” he added, and commended Kano State Government for immense contributions and partnership for ensuring that, the programme is effectively implemented in the State.

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