Buhari scheme provides conditional cash transfers to 3,767 Ondo households


The Federal Government has resumed payment of Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) to poor and vulnerable households in Ondo State.

Tosin Olupona, coordinator of the CCT program in Ondo State, said so in an interview with Akure on Tuesday.

The program is part of the National Social Investment Programs (NSIP) under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Ms Olupona said 3,828 households were captured in the first phase of the program when it launched in 2019, but 3,767 were on the national office’s payment schedule.

She noted that the current payment is for six local governments in Akure North, Owo, IleOluji/Okeigbo, Ese-Odo and Ifedore.

The coordinator said payments were made every two months and beneficiaries had previously been paid twice, for September-October and November-December 2019.

She said the payment is actually N5,000 per month, but “we pay N10,000 once every two months, and we do four payment cycles covering the months of January to August 2020, which is N40,000 per beneficiary”.

“This program started in Ondo State in 2019 and we had two payment cycles then, so we paid twice, for September and October, November and December 2019 when it started.

“But due to operational issues, which were not our fault, the program was put on hold.

“We are now starting again after many efforts by the Governor’s Special Advisor for Intergovernmental Relations, Ms. Bunmi Ademosun, and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

“During the first batch we registered 3828 households and now we are paying 3767, this was our national office payment schedule.

“The targets are the poorest of the poor and it is about meeting their nutritional needs, most of them cannot even feed themselves, without thinking of sending their children to school,” he said. she declared.

Ms. Olupona explained that the Social Operations Coordination Unit (SOCU) identified beneficiaries, while their responsibility was to ensure they were paid when money was available.

She noted that another 8,710 had been enrolled to cover the remaining 12 local governments that were not previously included in the program.

She also appreciated the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, for her efforts on the Restart of the State agenda.

One of the recipients, Lydia Joel, said she was happy the government remembered them with the payment of the money during her difficult time.

Moreover, Felicia Aderemi appreciated the money from the government and prayed for more development in the country.



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