The Nigerian government has revealed it has disbursed the sum of ₦58 billion in 2 months to the underprivileged under the Conditional Cash Transfer programme.
This was disclosed by Hajia Halima Shehu, National Programme Coordinator, Household Uplifting Programme – Conditional Cash Transfer (HUP–CCT) on Thursday, in Yola, Adamawa State capital.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Shehu stated that the programme is directed mainly at people who live in rural areas where poverty and hunger are on the rise.
She said, ”As we are all aware that poverty and hunger are high and prevalent among rural dwellers, especially, female-headed households with poor sources of income in Nigeria.
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”In furtherance to that, the Federal Government established the Household Uplifting Programme – Conditional Cash Transfer (HUP – CCT), with a slogan ‘ Beta don come’ to help alleviate the poverty of the poor.
”In line with the programme, in the last two months, across the country, the Federal Government has disbursed the sum of N58 billion naira to the underprivileged.”
She urged state governments to provide a budget line for the programme to support implementation in the areas of monitoring and supervision of payment, supervision of income-generating activities of beneficiaries and maintenance of office and equipment.
For Adamawa State, she stated that recent training in the state aimed at enrolling additional 23,134 households, to bring the total number of beneficiaries to 64,268 households in the state. The beneficiaries would receive N10,000 naira monthly, as total beneficiaries in the state include 41,134 benefiting households involving a total of 149,282.
Last month, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, announced the launch of the Mobile Money Agent Programme and the commencement of training for 1,850 beneficiaries in Nigeria.
The scheme was inaugurated by the Humanitarian Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, adding that it was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, in relation to the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).