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Conditional Cash Transfer: processes transparent — FG

The Federal Government says there is no  form of corruption and inefficiency in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programme under the National Social Investment Programme.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja  said any contrary story against the programme was false.

Farouq explained that unpatriotic persons were trying to give the programme a bad name and image contrary to the reality on ground.

She said the programme was introduced by the Federal Government in 2016, in partnership with the World Bank to fortify social safety nets and establish a social protection system in Nigeria.

According to her, the programme is a component of government’s resolve to reduce community poverty in Nigeria.

Farouq explained that the programme involved the release of a monthly stipend of N5,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerian household, mostly in the rural communities.

She said as at  December 2020, the programme operated in 33 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.

“A total of 1,414,983 beneficiaries with 7,068,629 individual household member beneficiaries have been enrolled, covering 487 Local Government Areas, 4,716 Wards and 37,628 Communities.

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“The programme targets to cover all states of the federation by March 2021.

“Contrary to claims of lacking implementation structure, the programme has a clearly defined implementation structure with an electronic base beneficiary enrolment system that focuses on the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) culled from the National Social Register.

“The PVHHs are identified through a combination of geographic and community based targeting mechanisms conducted by the various State Operating and Coordinating Units under the supervision and guidance of the National Social Safety Net Co-ordination Office.

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