By Olawale Ajimotokan
The federal government has shared the sum of N993, 450, 000 under the Conditional Cash Transfer programme (CCT) to 24,929 beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom State.
The cash was handed over when the programme was flagged off yesterday by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the Holy Child Primary School at Nung Udoe, Itak, Ikono Local Government Area.
The minister said the 24,929 beneficiaries were drawn from nine local government areas or 30 percent of the states. The local government areas that benefited from the cash transfers are Eastern Ibolo, Mkpat Enin, Nsit Atari, Nsit Ubium, Onna Ukanafun, Uruan, Orukanam and Ikono.
She also commended the people of the state, particularly the women, for excelling in virtually all areas of human endeavours in spite of mounting odds.
The minister stressed that other social protection schemes such as the CCT, the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations, Community and Social Development Programme, were established under the coordination of National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) to implement the federal government poverty alleviation initiative programmes.
“A coordinating body has also been set up with support from the World Bank along with a social register of Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) for targeted programmes,” she said.
Farouq said the beneficiaries would get all that has accrued to them since 2019 when they were formally enrolled.
Earlier, the Deputy Governor of the state, Moses Frank Ekpo, who represented the state governor thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for extending the programme to Akwa Ibom State, and called on the minister to also send more palliatives to the state to assist the indigenes in the post-COVID-19 period.