The federal government has started providing an allocation of N 20,000 to each of the more than 74,000 beneficiaries in Kogi State, as part of its conditional cash transfer (CCT) from the National Social Investment Program (NSIP).
He also initiated the same process in Sokoto State.
CCT is the disbursement of the monthly N5,000 allocation to poor and vulnerable households under the NSIP through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Falilat Abdurasaq, head of the Kogi State CCT unit, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Saturday at the place of payment in Abocho, in the Dekina Local Government Area (LGA), that the essence of the money transfer was to keep President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise. lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
She noted that disbursement started on Thursday and that more than 7,000 beneficiaries have received 20,000 N each across Dekina LGA.
She explained that the 20,000 N was intended for monthly allocations of 5,000 N for the months of January, February, March and April 2021.
According to Ms. Abdulrasaq, all 21 LGAs in the state have benefited and will benefit from the current payments.
She pointed out that CCT was targeting the poorest of the poor in others to lift them out of poverty, adding that it had impacted the lives of beneficiaries through the training they had received on group training. .
“Our beneficiaries have developed a culture of savings and are turning to different forms of contributory savings such as“ Ajo, issue ”, among others.
“They’ve also learned skills and strengths individually and in groups across the state. Their level of consumption has improved over time, ”she said.
However, she advised beneficiaries to always use the money for their intended purpose and to continue attending training, coaching and mentoring sessions to improve their lives, saying ‘because with the money transfer,’ Beta Don Come ‘. “
Ms. Abdulrasaq congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello for his great support and commitment to the well-being of the people of Kogi State, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Some beneficiaries who spoke with NAN expressed their joy at the payment and thanked President Buhari and Governor Bello for the kind gesture towards the poor and vulnerable at the grassroots.
Yusuf, Agagwu and Hauwa Musa, who are all widows from the Elika, Ogbabede and Olowa communities respectively, praised the federal government for helping them and improving their well-being.
“Money has transformed my life and the lives of my three children because I am a widow and have been able to start a small business,” said Ms. Musa.
In addition, the federal government has started disbursing a monthly allowance of 5,000 naira under the CCT in Sokoto State.
The national project accountant, Jafar Ibrahim-Yabo, who represented the humanitarian minister, reported the disbursement in the Tambuwal local government area in Sokoto state.
Mr. Ibrahim-Yabo said 3,165 beneficiaries from six local government areas will get the payment within the current disbursement circle.
He added that in the next circle, no less than 75,000 beneficiaries will be targeted.
Mr. Ibrahim-Yabo reiterated the federal government’s commitment to improving people’s lives through valuable programs and urged recipients to be patient if there are any delays in disbursements.
According to him, the current program is the Household Uplifting Program (HUP), introduced by the federal government in 2016, to strengthen the social safety net.
He explained that the program aims to help the poor move out of poverty, prevent the poor and vulnerable from falling further into poverty, and build resilience to withstand shocks and risks.
The accountant added that the gesture would surely continue to improve household consumption and strengthen the economy of affected communities, among other benefits.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal de Sokoto’s special adviser on social investment, Hayatu Tafida, urged beneficiaries to use the funds wisely.
In addition, the head of the Sokoto State Cash Transfer Unit, Abubakar Bianchi, highlighted the successes recorded so far and urged beneficiaries to maintain the culture of savings.
Some of the beneficiaries, Altine Hassan, Mardiyya Bello and Hassana Isiyaku congratulated the federal governments for this gesture.
Recipients said the money would go a long way in boosting their respective small businesses and improving their standard of living.
They urged the federal government to ensure that the payment remains constant to lift beneficiaries out of poverty as planned. (NOPE)
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