By Muh’d Zangina Kura, Dutse
Federal Government is expected to disburse over N20billion to less privileged people in Jigawa State under its social security programme, in the next three years. The national coordinator of the programme, Temitope Sinkaiye, revealed this while speaking to journalists in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State.
According to Sinkaiye, over 500,000 indigent people from rural communities in the state are expected to benefit from the programme designed to tackle the high rate of poverty in the country.
The coordinator explained that besides non conditional cash transfer programme, there is also another batch of conditional cash transfer which every state is at liberty to choose the people they feel should benefit from the scheme under well guided rules.
Sinkaiye said the commitment of the state government qualified it for the second module of the programme which is fondly called ‘Better don Come,’ and apart from the initial CCT of N5, 000, some beneficiaries would also benefit from what is called ‘Top Up’ which is an additional N5, 000. “Jigawa State selected health sector in order to address deficiency in the area of child and maternal mortality.
Every household that has a pregnant woman or a child between the ages of zero to two years qualifies for the Conditional Cash Transfer of N5, 000. For a pregnant woman to qualify for the N 5,000 Top Up, she must have registered for antenatal and post natal and the child must be registered to receive all immunisations. With this in place, a beneficiary gets N10, 000 at end of every month. Part of the component of the programme is also to train the beneficiaries on some skills.”