FG’s Cash Transfer has over 62, 000 beneficiaries in Kogi, says Unit Head
Mrs Falilat Abdulrazaq, the Head of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Unit in Kogi, has said that a total of 62, 160 beneficiaries have been captured in State under the Federal Government’s CCT Household Uplifting Programme (HUP).
Abdulrazaq disclosed this at a three-day Step-down training program on ”Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) On Household Information Update, organised for all the 294 Cash Transfer Facilitators (CTFs) from all the 21 local government areas of Kogi State.
She said over 27,000 beneficiaries were recently added to existing figure making it a total of 62, 160 indigent households on their database, who would be receiving N10, 000 from the federal government every two-months for the household uplifting program.
She noted that the CCT program which had been in operation in Kogi for three years, was a program put together by the present Administration to address poverty at the households level.
”It is targeted at uplifting the lives of the poorest of the poor and the vulnerables; that is why it is reffered to as the household uplifting program.
”The first major objective is to improve household consumption, improve enrollment and retention in schools.
”To ensure that children from age 0 to 5 in Kogi State have access to quality healthcare, and ensure that the beneficiaries have sustainable source of livelihood when they exit the program,” she said.
She noted that there had been lots of success stories from the CCT beneficiaries across the state, saying the program had been on for three years in Kogi State.
”Beneficiaries have saved money to build houses for themselves, established businesses and empowered themselves through the program.
”It has been quite impactful and helpful to the beneficiaries; it has uplifted a lot of them from poverty,” she said.
She advised the CTFs to pay rapt attention and listen very well and ensure that they deliver what was expected of them on the field.
The Resource Person, Mr Adams Muhammad, Enrollment Officer, National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) Abuja, said the stepdown training was simply to train the CTFs on information update of the beneficiaries on the field.
”When the information of enrollment of beneficiaries are updated, it gives them the opportunity to benefits from all the CCT packages .
”At the end of this three-day training, we expect the CTFs to be able to use KoboCollectApplication effectively, which is an application that is used to update the household information,” Mohammad said.
Two of the Participants, Mr Abdulsalam Muktar, Desk Officer, Okene LGA, and Mrs Florence Achoba, Desk Officer, Idah LGA, told NAN that they now had a better knowledge on how to effectively update households information.
They commended the Federal and the State Governments for the initiative, while urging them to sustain the program, saying it had lifted many households out of poverty.
”This CCT program should not die o, we want it sustained because it has helped a lot of rural women”, Achoba said.