THE Federal Government says it has registered 86,000 beneficiaries from six local government areas in Zamfara under its Conditional Cash Transfer programme (CCT).
The National Coordinator of the programme, Dr Temitope Sinkaiye, disclosed this at a 3-day training on Savings and Group Mobilisation for local government cash transfer facilitators for the programme on Tuesday in Gusau.
The News Agency f Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme is one of the components of Social Investment Programme (SIP) initiated by President Muhammad Buhari to reduce poverty level among Nigerians.
Sinkaiye was represented by the National Communications Officer of the programme, Mr Henry Ayede.
The coordinator listed the six selected local government areas as Anka, Bungudu, Birnin-Magaji, Kaura-Namoda, Tsafe and Talata-Mafara.
“Apart from the 86,000 beneficiaries, we also have additional data of 20,000 registered to be enrolled into the programme making our beneficiaries to be over 100,000 in Zamfara.
“We have so far enrolled over 700,000 beneficiaries across the 29 states and Zamfara have the highest number of beneficiaries across the country.
“We are here for enrolment training of 102 local government facilitators on Saving and Group Mobilisation,” she said.
“This training became necessary, because it is expected for every beneficiary of this programme to be saving.
“We realised that giving the beneficiaries N5,000 monthly is not enough to pull them out of poverty except if we train them on behavioural change,’’ she said.
She said that the participants are expected to go back and cascade what they have learnt to the beneficiaries at the community levels.
“We want our beneficiaries to imbibe the culture of saving so that they would be forming groups in form of either contributions or cooperatives,” she added
She urged the participants of the training to be attentive, so that they will learn and understand the concept of the programme.
“You know, the programme is targeting to reduce over 5 million vulnerable and poor people in Nigeria who fall below absolute poverty line,’’ she said. (NAN)
– Oct. 8, 2019 @ 16:17 GMT |