Additional 4,832 households’ beneficiaries are to be enrolled into the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme of the federal government in Benue State making a total of over 5,000 households captured across the state so far.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of a one day re-enrollment/enrollment training for local government cash transfer facilitators, the national coordinator of the programme, Dr Temitope Sinkaiy, said the conditional cash transfer is one of the focal programmes of the federal government established to uplift poor households out of poverty.
She commended the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom for putting resources together to meet up with the condition to kick-start the programme in the state.
According to her the programme is targeted at the most vulnerable people in the rural areas by identifying them and enrolling them into the programme.
The national coordinator called on the local government facilitators to ensure house to house enrollment, adding that their activities would be strictly monitored.
Mrs Temitope called on the Benue State government to provide the cash transfer facilitators with logistics to enable them go to the villages.
On her part, the Head of Unit Benue State, Mrs Mary Egwu said the programme, which started actual disbursement in Benue State in 2017 with a total of 938 beneficiaries spread across seven local government areas of the state would now be spread to over 5,000 households at the end of the new enrollment.
Mrs Egwu explained that every beneficiary enjoys payment of N10,000 bimonthly in the last eight months and is expected to continue in the life span of the programme.
According to her a lot of success stories have been recorded as it has improved the lives of the beneficiaries in the area of business and house upkeep.
She said the essence of training the local government facilitators was to guide against the earlier mistake made due to error of inclusion of beneficiaries who were not the target beneficiaries in the programme against the poor and vulnerable members of the community who are supposed to be the actual beneficiaries.
The unit head further stated that a new method is to be applied to identify the poorest of the poor and most vulnerable persons and advised the facilitators to go back to their local government areas and sensitise the target population and enroll them for payment.
The permanent secretary state Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Esther Igwe declaring the training open charged the local government facilitators to ensure the target beneficiaries were reached.
She commended the federal government for coming to address the challenge of poverty at the grassroots.
In an interview with our correspondent, one of the facilitators from Vandeikya local government, Mlumun lorliam, said, the conditional cash transfer programme has recorded huge success as so many women through the programme have formed financial active group in the local government and engaged in monthly contributions popularly known as ‘adashi,’ which has helped them greatly in their farms and small businesses.
Facilitators for the training were drawn from local governments expected to be captured in the programme across the state.