President Goodluck Jonathan
Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
The National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) has completed payment of a sum of N380 million to 19,040 households across 27 states of the federation so far. This is part of the N1.5 billion expected to be disbursed by the end of the year 2012.
A statement signed by NAPEP’s Chief Press Secretary and Head of Publicity, Danladi Hassan Kobi, in Abuja, the Programme would ensure prompt release of the next batch of payments as at when due.
He said that the National Coordinator, NAPEP, Mukhtar Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, has directed States Secretaries to ensure effective monitoring of the entire payment process to guarantee transparency and accountability.
In the meantime, the National Coordinator has commended some states notably those of Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Bauchi, Anambra, Enugu and Zamfara for their effective partnership with NAPEP in the implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme known as COPE in their various states and urged other states to emulate them.
In the same vein, the National Coordinator has commended his personnel for their doggedness, hard work and resilience in ensuring 99 per cent success in right-targeting in the 27 States of the Federation.
The National Coordinator said, in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, NAPEP is committed to ensuring an effective synergy with relevant stakeholders in the fight against poverty.
Also, NAPEP would be sending out its personnel to monitor and evaluate the just concluded 1st phase of CCT payments across the 27 states and to plan ahead for the 2nd phase of CCT 2012.