L-R: A beneficiary of the Federal Government’s Cash Transfer Programme receiving her two month stipend from the official of the programme in Obo-Ile, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara on Wednesday
Ilorin (Kwara), The National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) of the Federal Government on Wednesday began the disbursement of N10,000 bi-monthly allowance to more than 25,000 vulnerable households benefiting from the programme in Kwara.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the disbursement commenced in Ekiti and Patigi Local Government Areas of the state, while payment in other local councils are slated for the subsequent days of the week.
In Ekiti local government area, where over 1,200 benefited, Mrs Veronica Ogundele, one of the beneficiaries from Obo-Ile community, said that the stipend had helped to improve the standard of living of her family.
Ogundele, a patent medicine seller, said that she catered for the school fees of her children and other family needs from the money.
“I am enjoying since they begin the payment. Before now, I could not pay school fees for my children.
“My husband also could not fulfilled the domestic obligations. So since I began to receive the money, it has uplifted our standard of living.
“I pay school fees of my children, feed and clothe them accordingly,” she said.
The cash transfer beneficiary also noted that she had used savings from the allowance to augment her business capital.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Florence Idowu, from Isapa community, commended the federal government, saying that the money had relieved her family from poverty.
“We appreciate the government because the money has relieved us of poverty.
“Some of us used our savings from this money for trading which we were not able to do before due to lack of funding.
“This has lifted up our businesses. We commend the government and urged them to continue the programme,” she said.
“We believe it is only in the advanced country that this could happen, but we thank God that through this government of President Muhammadu Buhari, such a programme like this comes to the grassroots.
The queue of the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s Cash Transfer Programme waiting to collect their stipend for May and June 2020 in Obo-Ile, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara on Wednesday
Mr Durojaiye Agbana, the Desk Officer, Cash Transfer, Ekiti Local Government, told NAN that the exercise was successful with the orderly conduct of the beneficiaries at all the pay points.
Agbana recounted how the programme has highly transformed the lives of the beneficiaries in the the local government area.
“Many people that cannot feed themselves before are now able to do through this programme.
“They buy food items from the money and now eat their three square meals a day. They use from the money to pay their children school fees.
“There are single mothers who could not afford their domestic needs, but through this programme, their lives have highly changed for better,” he said.
The senior cash transfer official also told NAN that 90 communities are benefitting from the areal.
He urged the federal government to sustain the programme because it is the only government programme that touches the lives of the downtrodden.
“We could not even believe it could happen in Nigeria,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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