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query_builder April 25, 2018 16:19:24

By Onah Paulinus

Awka, April 25, 2018 – Gov. Willie Obiano has commended the National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP) established by the Federal Government in 2016 as an avenue for alleviating poverty in the country.

Obiano said this during the training of the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) officers in Awka, organized by the (NCTP) programme in collaboration with Anambra state government.

The governor represented by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Donor Agencies and Social Investment, Mrs Chinwe Iwuchukwu announced the state government’s interest in the programme as it would help to alleviate poverty, hunger and sufferings in the state.

“The programme came at the right time. The economy is weighing heavily on the people and cost of living is very high. The state government has created enabling environment for the take-off and also signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)”, he said.

While flagging off the training exercise for three pilot states; Anambra, Kogi and Cross River states, the governor cautioned the trainees to be committed to the programme.

He emphasized that the programme is for the poor and vulnerable indigenes and urged participants to take the training serious, while officers should be thorough in the selection.

The National Programme Coordinator for NCTP, Dr Temitope Sinkaiye said that over 400,000 beneficiaries drawn from 20 states across the federation including Anambra have been registered for the programme, though the number could increase as some states are still generating data.

Dr. Sinkaiye said that the two conditions for each state to benefit from the programme are establishment of an office with adequate staff and provision of logistic support, which in effect will encourage commencement of training of staff by the federal government.

"The benefits include encouraging financial asset acquisition, sustainable livelihood and household, improved household consumption, increase in utilization of health/nutrition services and improved school enrolment/attendance”, she said.

The scheme according to Sinkaiye is supported by the world bank and targeted at the poor and vulnerable to facilitate cash transfer of N5,000 to beneficiaries per month.