The Muhammadu Buhari presidency has proposed N500 billion for social welfare programmes, which includes feeding school children and post-National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, grants to participants of the scheme in the 2016 fiscal year. Another key component of the welfare policy caters for the vulnerable through conditional cash transfer. The scheme will be coordinated by both the federal and state governments, according to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), which the executive sent to the national assembly. Buhari’s letter was read on the floor of the senate by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday. “The federal government will collaborate with state governments to institute well-structured social welfare intervention programme such as school feeding programme initiatives, conditional cash transfer to the most Vulnerable, and post NYSC grant,” the letter stated in part. The letter said the programme, which to begin as a pilot scheme, aimed at getting the support of donor agencies and development partners in order to minimise potential risks.
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