Beneficiaries applaud the Red Cross for cash transfers


Recipients of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) cash transfer in Benue have praised the company for the gesture, saying it has helped ease their hardship.

A cross section of Nigerians interviewed in Ogbadibo, Benue on Wednesday expressed their joy at the transfer.

Mrs. Mary Attah, a widow from the Ogbadibo community, said life had been difficult for her as she had the responsibility of supporting her children after her husband’s death.

Attah said things have been very difficult for her and the children since her husband’s death.

“I have few businesses that I do, but with this N30,000 I can increase my products and make more profit.

“Life was very difficult, eating and eating was a problem, my children couldn’t go to school, so with the money, life will be good for us.

“I thank the company for coming to my aid, they did what they promised, God bless them,” he said.

Ms Blessing Ameh, a nursing mother, backed Attah’s claim, saying the money would enable her to start a charcoal business.

Ameh said she would be able to feed her three-month-old son and meet other family needs.

“I am very happy to be a beneficiary of the program, it will go a long way to solving most of my problems,” she said.

Mr. Tanko Odeh, a person living with a disability, thanked the company for the gesture saying it would enable him to start a shoe manufacturing business.

“I tried to start my own business, but failed due to lack of funds, but with the money, life would be better for me.

“I wish I could walk so I could dance and show people how God has blessed me, please Father keep blessing these people,” he said.

Odeh urged other civil society organizations and philanthropists to emulate the gesture of helping needy people in the county as it would reduce unemployment.

reports that the company said 5,700 people would benefit from the cash transfer program in seven states across the country.

Mr. Antenyi Oloche, Disaster Management Officer, NRCS, said 100 pregnant women and nursing mothers would receive 10,000 Naira each for 10 months, while another 700 would receive 30,500 Naira for three months each.

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