To alleviate the suffering of vulnerable people in Katsina State, the federal government has invested about N45 billion in various social intervention activities.
Aminu Bello Masari, the state governor, revealed this yesterday when he opened the Katsina State Health Workers’ Plaza and Guest House, which was built by the state Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s social intervention programs had significantly reduced vulnerability and helped the country’s most vulnerable families in the north.
“According to our culture and tradition in the northern part of the country, the good old is best,” he says.
The extended family system is the only social security net we have until recently when Buhari introduced social interventions which is the foundation for social security where there is direct support to most vulnerable people with at least N5,000 per month.
“In those social interventions alone, the federal government, as of July this year, spent over N45 billion in Katsina State. I want you to imagine what would have been with COVID-19, insecurity and the fall in the price of crude oil, what the situation would have been without the intervention.”
Masari also said that the state government spends N1.2 billion each month on pension payments to local governments and state retirees, promising to clear the backlog of pensions and gratuities before his term ends in 2023.
In his address, MHWUN’s National President, Biobelemoye Josiah, encouraged the government to work to fight climate change change in order to protect Nigerians’ lives.
Josiah, who was represented by the union’s Deputy National President, Kabir Minjibir, said that if climate change is not addressed, it will result in massive labour, food shortages, and worse health conditions.
He did, however, donate N1.5 million to the Katsina State Council on behalf of the union’s national body to support the state’s national monument development.
The plaza has nine shops, rooms, and sitting rooms with self-contained toilets each, according to Mannir Seleiman, state chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria. The guest house has five self-contained rooms.