The federal government is preparing to distribute 8.5 billion naira as part of its conditional cash transfer program to lift more than 144,000 households out of poverty in Katsina state.
Katsina state coordinator Shafi’u Abdullahi gave the figure in an interview with Nigeria’s news agency on Friday in Katsina.
Abdullahi said the money would be shared with the beneficiaries in two phases.
âAt the moment, we are sharing the money as part of the first phase of the program.
âWe are now sharing 4.250 billion naira; then, after 10 days, we will share the remaining 4.250 billion naira, bringing the total money to be shared to 8.5 billion naira, âhe said.
According to him, the money is intended for the year in which the program was suspended by the government to ensure it reaches the right beneficiaries.
âNow we are back; all necessary measures have been taken to ensure the success of the program.
âThe FGN wants to move many households from poverty to prosperity thanks to its social security.
âUnder CCT, each woman receives 5,000 N per month, which means she is entitled to 60,000 N per year, to add value to her life.
âIt is for this reason, as I said earlier, that we started paying half the amount to the more than 144,000 households; we will complete the remaining half in the next 10 days, âAbdullahi said.
He called the rumor that the government had stopped the program unfounded.
The coordinator said the program has been implemented in 12 of the state’s 34 local government areas.
Abdullahi noted that efforts are being stepped up to cover the remaining 22 local government areas.