Written by Laraba Murey

FG commences payment of N5,000 conditional cash transfer to vulnerable households.

 

The Federal Government has began  payment of  N5,000 stipend to  poor households in  Federal Capital Territory, FCT. As part of measures of  to reduce the effects of the total lockdown.  

 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that the payment was in line with the directive by President Mohammadu Buhari during the nationwide broadcast on Monday that the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT for the next two months be paid immediately to support vulnerable households. 

 

Speaking on wednesday in Kwali Area council, the minister said "as we know the CCT is an ongoing programme geared towards supporting the poor and vulnerable household of our society".

 

 “We give them monthly stipends of N5000 with the  COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on ground the ministry is paying four months in advance. The stipend will go a long way in supporting the families in their daily lives.

 

"We are giving about 190 beneficiaries in this ward making the total of beneficiaries to be 5000 in kwali Area Council"

 

The minister said “We have over a million household across the federation. We are starting with FCT, Lagos ,Ogun who currently under lockdown and other states will follow.

 

 The National Coordinator Household Uplifting Programme, Dr. Temitope Sikaiye said the CCT is not only about transferring cash but it also a cash plus programme.” we give them money, we also train them on how to be self-sustaining”, “we teach them how to start a business, nutritional and personal hygiene”

 

According to Sikaiye,  there are about 1.200 million households on their register but they will soon begin the enrollment of  1 million households across the country.

 

Dr luka Maji Ayuba, Head of Unit conditional cash transfer FCT, said that by the next cycle of payment there will be over 21000 beneficiaries within FCT.

 

One of the beneficiaries Shamshiya Abdullahi, a petty trader said she is really happy about the payment “I was registered about a year ago and this my 6th time of benefiting from programme, I have used the money to boast my business and pay my childrens school, I want to thank the Federal Government and may this programme continue to help the poor. Abdullahi said

 

 

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