At least 5,000 indigent residents in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, have benefited from the #5000 monthly Conditional Cash Transfer empowerment programme of the Federal Government.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia, Sadiya Farouq who made this known while distributing the money said the gesture is geared towards supporting the poor and vulnerable household in Nigeria.
She said over one million across the country were selected from various states through a rigorous process involving community and traditional leaders. She said the stipend will help cushion the effect of the lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus. The cash transfer is part of FG’s plan to assist the indigent in the society take care of themselves and feed well.
The National Coordinator, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme Temitope Sinkaye explained that the programme started in 2016 with the eight states that are ready prepared.
She said beneficiaries are not just given money but are also trained in entrepreneurship and how to start small businesses to cater for their family.
The women are trained in household maintenance, nutrition, environment sanitation and self sustenance.
According to her, beneficiaries are paid two months in advance because of the logistics of getting this money to them.
“You and I know that where the poor resides, there are no banking infrastructure. So you cannot pay them through the banks, we pay through the mobile money as you have seen. It is electronic transfer” she said.