FG distributes debit cards to cash transfer program beneficiaries

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On Tuesday, the federal government started distributing ATM cards to beneficiaries of the household improvement program in Kwara.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farooq, made the announcement through National Cash Transfer Program Coordinator, Halima Shehu.

Head of Unit, Kwara State Cash Transfer Unit (KWSTU), Aminah Yahaya, who reported the distribution in Ilorin, explained that the exercise heralded the completion of the digitization of the payment system.

Ms Yahaya said there were 34,293 beneficiaries in the 16 local government areas of Kwara with Ilorin West being used as the pilot scheme.

She apologized for the delay in paying beneficiaries since October, adding that the ministry had resolved the looming issues.

One of the recipients, Salamatu AbdulRaheem, praised the federal government for the gesture, adding that the money has been of great help to his business.

Ms AbdulRaheem, who said she sells porridge, revealed that she contributes to the fortnightly payment of 10,000 naira and uses the rest to feed the family and other expenses.

Another beneficiary, Balqees Usman, described the procedure as a huge relief for her and her family.

For her part, Nimota Muhammed said she reinvested the money in her patent drug store, and it always helped.

There are 34,293 beneficiaries in the 16 local government areas of the state.

(NOPE)

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