The cash transfer programme for the federal capital territory, Abuja, was declared open today by the minister of the federal capital territory, Hon Mohammed Musa Bello, at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
The programme, which is under the supervision of the state cash transfer unit (SCTU) in conjunction with the National Cash Transfer Unit (NCTU), was kick-started with an opening ceremony of the step-down training/orientation of 30 cash transfer facilitators (CTFs) from three area councils namely, Abaji, Kwali and Kuje.
While speaking, the minister of the FCT, said the administration’s major area of focus in eradicating extreme poverty, providing security and developing the economy of this country is not negotiable.
“Today marks another milestone in our journey towards fulfilling our campaign promises to the generality of Nigerians.
“I will like to reiterate that this administration’s cardinal objectives of eradicating extreme poverty, providing security and developing the economy of this country is not negotiable. No matter the opinion of skeptics, this administration is people friendly and is committed to human development of all classes of this country without favouritism.
“To the participants, you are the driving force of this program. This is why this training is organised for you. You should also note that you are rendering a very important service to humanity and the Almighty God will bless you if you do it faithfully.”
In her statement, the focal person of the Social Investment Program, Mrs Irene Adebola Elegbede, said that the federal government has done a lot in the FCT as regards job creation. She said that a lot of graduates, are now being employed.
“The federal government has done a lot ad, the impact has been felt all around the FCT. In the area of job creation, a lot of graduate youths have been employed under the N-power program. Recently, over 6,700 graduates were employed and have also been deployed to teach in classes, agric sector etc. The non-graduates have also been trained and engaged with starter packs, given to them.
“In the area of the School feeding programme (Home Grown Feeding) in the FCT, the government is planning to feed all the students in the FCT public schools from primaries one to three in all the six area councils. This will provide nutritional value for the children and also aid retention in classes.
The total number of children we are planning to feed is 114,673. And this will not only be beneficial to the children, but also the farmers in the FCT inclusive and the mothers who will be cooking will have their economic base increased.”
According to the National Programme Coordinator of the NCCT, Dr Tope Sinkaye, who was represented by Mr Solomon Kolawole, NCCT Programme Cordinator, the scheme of great importance to the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This programme is not just about giving N5, 000 to the beneficiaries every month. We have other cardinal objectives of building their capacities.
“We will also improve their livelihoods, nutrition and make them acquire basic assets within the limits of their little investments. “This training is very crucial to the present administration. As ambassadors of the programme, you are expected to train the beneficiaries on how to invest their money. “Because you can’t give what you don’t have, that is why we see the need for you to be trained before sending you out,’’ he said.
The head of the state cash transfer unit, Mr Luka Ayuba, also said that the 30 CTFs were chosen from three area councils and they have the instruction to cover a minimum of one million households.
“We are starting with 30 CTFS from three area councils and we have been instructed to reach a minimum of one million households with the cash transfer programme.”
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