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The federal government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, today commenced distribution of N20,000 each to 190 families and beneficiaries in Kwali local government area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.
Distributing the money to the beneficiaries on Wednesday, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that the CCT Programme has been ongoing in the last six years and that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to cater for the welfare of the less privileged especially during this period of Coronavirus pandemic.
“We have about 5,000 households in the FCT enrolled in the CCT programme. It is targeted at the poorest of the poor in Nigeria, whereby government pays N5,000 stipend to the poorest of the poor in the country. Government has decided to pay N20,000 to the beneficiaries, which covers a period of four months; in order to relieve the economic pressure on them.
“The exercise will take place in all the states across the federation. We are starting with FCT, Lagos and Ogun, the three states that are currently under lockdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.
“Therefore, this stipend will go a long way to support the families of the beneficiaries in their daily lives, especially at this time of the Coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world.”
While showing her appreciation, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Sarah Gadaga, who hails from Nasarawa state, said that the stipend will be of great help to her family of three and petty business as its judicious use will help in cushioning the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I just received N20,000 from the federal government, under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Under the Conditional Cash Transport programme, we are paid N5,000 per month. Since this year, we were unable to receive any stipend for reasons the ministry explained to us. However, the N20,000 covers the months of January, February, March and this April.
“I have three children, so the money will be of great help to my family, especially at this period of staying at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I will also use part of the money to support my petty business once this pandemic is over. I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for this intervention. He has just saved many lives,” the Minister said.
Culled: Blueprint newspaper