The Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Plateau State on conditional Cash transfer and Household Uplifting Programme (HUP), Dr Mrs Sumaye Hamza has commenced the disbursement of conditional Cash Transfer of 5,000 stipends to all 61,000 vulnerable persons across the 17 Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
Dr Hamza stated this at ECWA Zabolo primary school on Monday venue for some of the beneficiaries, Bassa LGA.
She explained that the programme which is finance by the federal government of Nigeria under the President Muhammadu Buhari sets to begin on Monday , April 6th 2020 were he order all the states to pay the beneficiaries to cushion the effect of covid-19 virus.
She said the beneficiaries were train on how to make proper use of the cash by investing it into business that can generate income to them and also healthy living.
According to Dr Hamza, these poor of the poorest Nigerian were given enough training on traditional cleanness ,hand washing, use sanitizers ,soaps were the program had already clock two years without disruption.
“we are aware or part of SIP, investment which started with six LGAs before now extending to 17 LGAs which using transparent method identifying those poor of the poorest Nigerian through Community “,she added.
Dr. Hamza reiterated that the programme which is also known as the Conditional Cash Transfer of five thousand Naira (N5,000) is to be done in eighteen states.
She maintained that the purpose of this programme is to help those who have and didn’t have capacity to help the poor as well as the vulnerable households in Nigeria.
However, she noted that since January, February March to April ,2020 which almost 4 months each of the beneficiaries would be receiving 20,000.00 of CCT and some of the beneficiaries have embark on saving .
Dr Sumaye said ,as a focal person here in Plateau state she ensure that the beneficiaries are adequately train on self-reliance for them to employer of labour or reduce poverty in their community .
She revealed that 200 beneficiaries can now afford sending their children to schools through social investment program so we are not flagging off the program but maintaining the old program.
Mrs Hulda Bongyen state one of the coordinator explained further of the biggest challenges face with state chapter is how to reach out to wards across the 17 LGAs.
She applauded the federal government initiative for introducing a very laudable project of this nature in helping citizens reposition themselves and live a normal live .
Bongyen said the mobility of the Local coordinators to connect with the vulnerable Nigerian residents across the 17 LGAs is one of the major problems affecting the smooth operation in plateau.
The Co- responsibility Office of National cash Transfer office, Mr Desmond Onu who was enforcement in plateau state said they were to make sure that the beneficiaries enjoy the federal government order receiving through validation of their contact .
SEMA spokesman ,Walker Simon appreciated the federal government gesture of helping citizens through social investment program and CCT, NCTO which had yielded positive result .