Over 10,000 Households Benefit from FG Cash Programme

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From Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

No fewer than 10, 700 households in Kwara State are currently benefiting from the first phase of the Federal Government’s National Cash Transfer programme.

Twelve local government areas are participating in the phase, while the remaining four local government areas are being considered for the second phase.

The Head of Unit, Conditional Cash Transfer, Kwara State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aminah Yahya-Bagudu disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Ilorin.n Hajia Yahya-Bagudu said the programme was part of the components designed by the Federal Government to tackle poverty in the country.

She disclosed that the beneficiaries had started receiving the payment of N5,000 monthly from the Federal Government. She explained that the selection process was based on data collected for the World Bank-supported Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), where each community identified those considered as poor. According to her, the process was transparent and devoid of any influence, adding that the second phase of the programme would commence as soon the social register was shared with her Unit for the payment of the five thousand naira monthly.

On current hitches in payment, Hajia Aminah-Yahya said the selected bank had engaged the services of a consulting firm to decentralise its payment process to all beneficiaries across the state.