- The federal government has announced the disbursement of conditional cash transfer to vulnerable households in Anambra state
- According to the head of unit, Anambra State Cash Office, Ralph Enukorah, 15,768 households selected from 11 out of the 12 LGA of the state
- Meanwhile, this initiative is part of the Social Intervention Programme (SIP) of President Muhammadu Buhari administration aimed at providing support for the most vulnerable
Awka, Anambra state- The Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has resumed payment of Conditional Cash Transfer to 15, 768 vulnerable households in Anambra.
According to Mr Ralph Enukorah, Head of Unit, Anambra State Cash Office, the beneficiaries cut across 11 of the 21 local government areas of the state, The Punch reported.
Enukorah said the payments started with six pilot local government areas considered poorest in the state including Awka North, Anambra West, Dunukofia, Ihiala, Anyamelum and Orumba South.
How the cash will be distributed
He said the programme had been extended to five more local government areas which included Awka South, Onitsha North, Ogbaru, Nnewi North and Anambra East to accommodate more beneficiaries.
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The unit head said the register of beneficiaries was generated by a sister organisation, the social operations coordinating unit which goes to villages and wards to generate data on vulnerable households.
He said that payment was made every two months with beneficiaries getting N10, 000 in addition to any arrears for those not paid in previous months.
Enukorah assured all beneficiaries of the payment and commended the Federal Government for providing the framework for effective implementation of the programme.
“The Federal Government is paying the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer, as a social intervention programme of the Buhari administration.
“Every month, the poor and vulnerable households are paid N5,000 and in Anambra, we have a total of 15,768 beneficiaries spread across 11 local government areas.”
Mr Bernard Nwobodo, the representative of the Payment Service Provided (PSP), said the system was being automated to reduce the stress of accessing payment to beneficiaries.
Nwobodo added that the National Cash Transfer Office had begun the digitalisation of the payment process such that ATM cards would be provided for beneficiaries.
He stated further that the process had been activated in some LGAs including Ihiala, Awka North, Orumba South and will be extended to others.
FG to disburse N1.5bn to 74,000 poor women in Kogi
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kogi focal person of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Honourable Abdulkareem Onyekehi has eulogised President Muhammad Buhari as the national cash transfer office is set to disburse about N1.5billion to poor and vulnerable women across the state.
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Onyekehi who also doubles as the special adviser to Kogi state governor on special projects declared this in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, August 18.
He said a financial firm, Fortis Mobile engaged by the federal government would disburse the sum of N20,000 each as 4 months arrears of January to April 2021 to over 74,000 poor and vulnerable women in rural communities under close supervision of the Kogi state office of the NSIP.
Lagos state government reaching out to vulnerable people
Similarly, the Lagos government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme has kicked off the cash-for-work programme for vulnerable people in the state with the aim of cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative is under the office of the special adviser to the governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs Solape Hammond.
Speaking at the flagging off of the intervention programme recently, Hammond described the project as part of the government’s response to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable individuals and small business owners.