The federal government has started paying the six-month arrears owed to recipients of the conditional national cash transfer in Anambra state.
The beneficiaries came from the six pilot local government zones (LGAs) – Ihiala, Dunukofia, Ayamelum, Anambra West, Orumba South and Awka North.
Mr. Jude Obi, chairman of the Ihiala LGA transition committee, which held the official inauguration on Wednesday in Ihiala, advised beneficiaries to make good use of the money.
Obi said the accumulated arrears of N30,000 paid to beneficiaries were reasonable for them to start petty trading.
He congratulated the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative and Governor Willie Obiano for the environment conducive to the success of the exercise.
Mr. Uche Ozuzu, head of the Abuja National Cash Transfer Office, which oversaw the payment, said he was impressed with the behavior of beneficiaries and payment managers at various centers.
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Ozuzu, a management information systems specialist, said Ms. Halima Shehu, the program’s national coordinator, is committed to ensuring that each beneficiary receives what they are due.
He advised beneficiaries to use the money effectively to improve the economic conditions of their households.
Ms Florence Nwakor, Head of Operations, Anambra Money Transfer Office and Mr Raphael Enukaora, Head of Anambra Money Transfer Office, said that more than 8,000 beneficiaries have recently been added to the existing people in the state.
“The 8,105 beneficiaries were among the six LGA pilots, before more than 8,000 more were added,” Nwako said.
Enukaora listed; The Awka Sud, Nnewi Nord, Ogbaru, Onitsha Sud and Anambra Est LGAs have recently been added.
He said new LGA registrants would start receiving their monthly N5,000 allowance once they complete the 13-month arrears payment.
“What we’re paying for the 8105 is six months in arrears and shortly thereafter we’ll clear the seven months before new registrants start receiving payment,” he said.
Some of the beneficiaries: Mr. Sunday Uzochukwu, Mr. Oluchi Ezetuegwu and Ms. Chisom Nwankwo congratulated the federal government on the program and assured that they would put the money to good use.
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