About 16,744 poor households have benefitted N20,000 each from the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme in Kaduna State.
In a bid to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal Government releases N446.5 million to 22,380 financially weak households thus aligning with the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme in Kaduna State.
Hajiya Hauwa Abdulrazaq, Head of the Cash Transfer Unit in Kaduna State revealed this in a media briefing with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ikara Local Government Area of the state.
Abdulrazaq explained that the fund distribution covered eight out of nine Local Government Areas of the State as the disbursement took effect from 7th of April and lasted till the 15th of April.
Furthermore, Hajiya Hauwa Abdulrazaq elucidated that the programme had been in existence in the state since 2017 with about 10,000 beneficiaries of the policy but has however increased to 22,380 beneficiaries in 2020.
Abdulrazaq added that Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Ikara, Kachia, Kauru, Kubau, Kajuru, Lere and Sanga are all Local Government Area that have benefitted from the grants.
According to Abdulrazaq, a sum of N5,000 has been paid monthly from January to April adding to a total sum of N20,000 for each of the 22,040 from the 22,380 beneficiaries. Also, 340 new beneficiaries who are meant to start receiving benefits from March have collected N10,000 each for March and April’s payment.
“So far, N19.7 million has been disbursed to 978 poor households in Sanga; N12.2 million to 604 beneficiaries in Kachia and N69.1 million to 3,487 households in Lere LGA.
“We have also disbursed N34.1 million to 1, 720 households in Kauru, more than N62.3 million to 3,108 beneficiaries in Kajuru, N41.2 million to 2,053 in Kubau and N34.1 million to 1,719 beneficiaries in Chikun. “We have just concluded the disbursement of N61 million to 3,075 beneficiaries in Ikara local government area,” said the Head of the Cash Transfer Unit.
Hajiya Hauwa asserted that 5,636 households in Birnin Gwari Area will be reached with the allocation of N112.8 million thereby bringing the activity to a conclusion on April 21.
She added that more households would be covered in the Social Register to bolster beneficiaries number in the state.
“In fact, more than 14,000 new beneficiaries have were enrolled in March, their names had been sent to the national office for approval.
“I am sure that Kaduna state would also benefit from the one million vulnerable households that would be added in the Social Register as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” she said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise in Chikun and Ikara areas was hitch-free as most of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the support.