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FG Splashes N993M Grants To 24,929 Vulnerable Homes In A’Ibom

FG Splashes N993M Grants To 24,929 Vulnerable Homes In A’Ibom

Iniobong Sunday, Uyo

No fewer than 24, 929 homes heavily vulnerable to poverty have been earmarked as beneficiaries of the federal government’s grants worth over N993million under it’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq made this known on Tuesday at the disbursement/flag off of the programme held at the Holy Child Primary School, Nung Udoe Ntak, IkonoLocal Government Area of the state.

Farouq explained that the selected local government areas represented 30% of the council areas in the state, adding that each of the beneficiaries will receive between N30,000 and N40,000.

She listed the benefiting Local Governments to include Eastern Obolo, Ikono, Mkpat Enin, Nsit Atai, Nsit Ubium, Onna, OrukAnam, Ukanafun and Uruan.

According to the Minister, the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, a component of the social protection schemes of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, is aimed at taking 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

”Apart from the war against corruption, President Buhari has prioritized social protection interventions to pull 100 million people out of poverty over the course of 10 years.

The Minister apologized the delay in the disbursement of monies to beneficiaries, adding that, ”the payment cycle could have started in September in 2019, but issues faced with the payment service provider delayed payment has now been resolved”.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Christiana Umoh expressed gratitude to the FG, saying” the money will help me feed myself and start business to support my family”.

The state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr. Ini Adiakpan appreciated the federal government’s gesture and urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the gesture.

The commissioner said, ”the benefits of implementing the Conditional Cash Transfer intervention in Nigeria has been enormous especially in health, nutrition and education. These are very critical areas for which every responsible government must concern itself.

”Akwa Ibom state keyed into the programme in the middle of 2019 which nine pilot local government areas. The State Operating Coordinating Unit(SUCO) enumerated about 126,000 households with almost 80,000 making the beneficiaries list and we are grateful that today about 24,929 are the first set of beneficiaries”.

Governor Udom Emmanuel represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo had earlier received the Minister at the State Government House, Uyo during which he thanked President Buhari for initiating the programme.

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