The federal government said it has resumed payment of over N9.24 billion to 76,107 conditional cash transfer (CCT) beneficiaries across the six local government areas of Kebbi State.
The program’s national coordinator, Halima Shehu, announced this during a courtesy visit to Governor Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi.
She apologized for the late payment that started from September to October 2019, saying it was due to circumstances beyond her control.
“At this time, payment to CCT recipients is ongoing in the state. A total of 76,107 beneficiaries in six local government areas of Bagudu, Danko, Wasagu, Dandi, Jega and Shanga, will receive the payment.
“Recipients will receive 26 months of Payment Circles, from January to February 2020.
“The payment will be made in two batches of these 60,000 beneficiaries for four payment cycles, using the virtual account.
“The second batch has 70,107 recipients for nine payment cycles via debit cards.
Ms Shehu said the total amount of the two lots in the state was over N9.24 billion.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria, in partnership with the World Bank in 2016, designed and developed a safety net program for Nigeria under the National Social Safety Nets Projects (NASSP) platform.
“One of the components of NASSP is the National Conditional Cash Transfer Office responsible for implementing conditional cash transfer for household improvement to poor and vulnerable households across the country,” she said.
Ms. Shehu thanked the governor for granting her audience and the opportunity to brief her on the resumption of payments and the successful implementation of the program in the state.
“Despite this, I still wish to request more support in terms of logistics and running costs to support the day-to-day running of offices at the regional council level,” Ms. Shehu said.
In response, Governor Bagudu, represented by his Deputy, Samaila Yombe-Dabai, thanked the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, led by
Sadiya Umar-Farouq, for updating the curriculum in the state.
“I assure you that the state government will do whatever it takes to support the success of the program in the state.
“We look forward to seeing more local governments get involved in the cash transfer program,” Bagudu said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CCT program aims to improve household consumption, increase utilization of health and nutrition services and improve school enrollment and attendance.
It also aims to improve environmental sanitation and management, asset and finance acquisition, and beneficiary engagement in sustainable livelihoods.
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