48,000 To Benefit From The Conditional Cash Transfer In Nasarawa

The payment of the Ten Thousand Naira conditional cash transfer programme of the Federal Government commenced Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 in Nasarawa State.

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule stated this during a meeting with the state distribution committee members in Government House Lafia.

Governor Sule who said the credibility and confidence reposed in the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management could not be jeopardized, added that all precautions and preventive measures against the spread of COVID 19 must be adhered to in order to keep the state safe.

“The payment of 10,000 Naira each to beneficiaries of this programme in the state will commence tomorrow in six local governments” Gov Sule said.

He further stated that the state is in the process of procuring food stuff and other essentials that will reduce the hardship faced by the people at this trying moment and also protect the people against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Sule assures that every kobo donated as support for the fight against COVID 19 will be judiciously used for the purpose it’s meant.

Speaking separately, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Comrade Dogo Danladi Shammah and that of Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Aliyu Turaki maintained that government at the federal and state levels are aware of the plight of the people at this moment and are doing everything possible to support the masses.

They added that all arrangements had been concluded for the commencement of the distribution exercise in the affected local governments as Commissioners, House of Assembly members, Local Government Chairmen, and Councillors from the affected areas are to be part of the exercise.

On his part, the ALGON Chairman and Chairman of Lafia Local Government, Aminu Muazu Maifata said all security arrangements have been concluded to ensure a hitch free distribution of the support fund to the beneficiaries.

Maifata added that on the part of the affected local governments, they have mobilized health personnel and the COVID-19 committees at the local government levels to work with the distribution team in order to ensure a safe and smooth exercise.

In his contribution, the SSA to the Governor on Humanitarian Service and the state Focal Person, Imran Jibrin, expressed appreciation to the state Governor for his support in ensuring the success of the exercise which is targeted at assisting the most vulnerable in the society.

Imran Jibrin stressed that in line with the social distancing put in place as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise is arranged in a way that the beneficiaries will be paid in batches of 25 people each.

“In each of the 38 payment units in the 6 affected local governments, there will be 10 pay points that will pay simultaneously in order to hasten the process and ensure transparency,” Imran added

The affected local governments in Nasarawa State are Lafia, Awe, Wamba, Akwanga, Kokona and Nasarawa local governments.

It should be reported that the payment exercise for Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, following the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, was flagged off on Wednesday (April 1, 2020) in Lafia LGA and Asakio Development Area.

The flagoff was done by the Nasarawa State Focal Person on NSIP, Hon Imran Usman Jibrin alongside the Executive Chairman of Lafia LGA, Alh Aminu Maifata, the Head of Unit of the State Cash Transfer Unit Mrs Rhoda Agawu and other staff of the Unit.

Complying with the rule on social distancing, there were 10 paying points in each centre with an average number of about 20-25 people per queue. Likewise, there was at least 2m gap between one beneficiary and the next.

As at the end of Wednesday, payment done was 100% in Asakio and 50% in Lafia.

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