- The conditional cash transfer is one of the 5 components of the federal government’s National Social Investment Program (NSIP)
- Residents of Kogi should benefit from the program, as 1.5 billion naira has been budgeted for poor women across the state
- The women will each receive N20,000 and the initiative will be monitored by the NSIP’s Kogi State Office.
Lokoja – National Social Investment Program (NSIP) Kogi focal point Hon Abdulkareem Onyekehi has praised President Muhammad Buhari as the national cash transfer office is set to disburse around $ 1.5 billion. naira to poor and vulnerable women across the state.
Onyekehi, who is also a special adviser to the governor of Kogi State for special projects, said in a statement sent to Legit.ng Wednesday August 18.
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How the funds will be distributed
He said a financial company, Fortis Mobile, hired by the federal government, would pay N20,000 each in 4-month arrears from January to April 2021 to more than 74,000 poor and vulnerable women in rural areas. rural communities under the close supervision of the Kogi State Office. the NSIP.
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According to the statement, the number of conditional cash transfer (CCT) recipients in Kogi state has risen to 74,111, a development he said is worthy of celebration.
He further noted that the payment schedule would start from Monday August 23 through Thursday September 9.
Part of the statement read:
âWhen I took over as the NSIP focal point in 2019, CCT had approximately 11,000 beneficiaries statewide. This number has since grown to over 34,000 over the past 3 years.
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âNow, the current data deployed by the national social register has made it possible to reach more than 74,000 beneficiaries made up of poor and vulnerable women during the next CCT payment in Kogi State.
âI congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for this unusual and impactful initiative to lift the poor out of poverty.
âI also commend our competent and knowledgeable Governor Yahaya Bello for his maximum support, his partnership with the Federal Government for the effective implementation of the NSIP in Kogi State. ”
Onyekehi also praised the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadiya Farouq for her tireless efforts to support programs for the benefit of ordinary citizens.
He appealed for the support of the presidents of local governments for smooth disbursements in the locality.
On her Facebook page, Minister Farouq recently announced that the Swiss government is interested in the work her ministry is doing.
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She said the Swiss government has graciously pledged to support the ministry’s efforts in providing immediate socio-economic assistance to vulnerable Nigerians.
Lagos State government reaches out to vulnerable people
Likewise, the government of Lagos, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, has launched the state’s cash-for-work program for vulnerable people with the aim of mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
The initiative falls under the office of the Governor’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Ms. Solape Hammond.
Speaking recently during the reporting of the response program, Hammond described the project as part of the government’s response to improve the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable people and small business owners.
Recall that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that the Buhari administration’s vision of lifting at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next two years is now within reach.
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Professor Osinbajo said this in Abuja during the virtual shutdown of a cash transfer program initiated by the federal government earlier this year.
He added that the program will help the federal government achieve its aspiration.