The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has resumed payments totaling over N9.24 billion to 76,107 recipients of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme in the six local government areas of Kebbi.
NAN reports that the national coordinator of the programme, Halima Shehu, made the announcement during a courtesy visit to Governor Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi.
She apologised for the payment delay, which began between September and October 2019. Ms. Shehu attributed the delay to uncontrollable circumstances.
“Payment to CCT recipients is currently ongoing in the state. The payment will be distributed to 76,107 recipients across the six local government areas of Bagudu, Danko, Wasagu, Dandi, Jega, and Shanga. The recipients will receive 26 months of payment circles beginning in January 2020 and ending in February 2020, according to Ms. Shehu. “The payment will be made in two batches to each of the sixty thousand recipients over four payment cycles using a virtual account. The second batch includes 70,107 beneficiaries for nine debit card payment cycles.”
Ms. Shehu further clarified that the total cost for the two batches in the state was N9.24 billion.
She added, “In 2016, the federal government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the World Bank, designed and developed a safety net programme for Nigeria under the National Social Safety Nets Projects (NASSP) platform.”
“One of the components of NASSP is the national conditional cash transfer office, which is responsible for implementing the household uplifting-conditional cash transfer to low-income and vulnerable households nationwide.”
Ms. Shehu thanked the governor for granting her an audience and the opportunity to update him on the successful implementation of the state’s programme and the resumption of payments.
Mr. Shehu continued, “I would still like to request additional support in terms of logistics and operating costs to sustain the day-to-day operations of the Area Council offices.”
Mr. Bagudu, who was represented by Deputy Governor Samaila Yombe-Dabai, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, led by Sadiya Umar-Farouq, for implementing the programme in Kebbi.
“I assure you that the state government will do everything necessary to ensure the program’s success in the state. Mr. Bagudu stated that we anticipate more local governments to participate in the cash transfer programme.
The CCT programme aims to improve household consumption, utilisation of health and nutrition services, and enrollment and attendance in schools.
It also aims to improve environmental sanitation and management, asset and financial acquisition, and the engagement of beneficiaries in sustainable livelihoods.