The National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) has trained 78 Local Government Cash Transfer Facilitators on Savings and Group Mobilization (SGM) for the national cash transfer beneficiaries in Edo.
Mr Solomon Kola, the National Training Officer from Abuja, told newsmen in Benin on Wednesday that the training was organised by NCTO, in collaboration with the Cash Transfer Unit (CTU) in the state.
Kola said that the facilitators would go to their wards and train beneficiaries of the cash transfer programme at the end of their training.
He said that the objective of the training was to improve beneficiaries’ knowledge and skills in savings and mobilisation as well as group formation and management.
“The cash transfer programme is also known as household uplifting programme because it is targeted at the poor and vulnerable in the country,” he said.
He said that beneficiaries were selected by community leaders from the poorest, adding that they were entitled to a monthly stipend of N5,000 to enhance their standard of living.
Kola said that the beneficiaries would receive the stipend for three years.
Mr Sunday Erhunmwonsere, the state Head of CTU, said that about 10,705 poor and vulnerable households had so far been identified and enrolled for the programme.
He also said that identification and enrollment were ongoing and that about 26 states were currently participating in the programme.
According to him, six local government areas in the state had been selected to participate in the pilot stage of the programme in Edo.
He listed the local governments to include, Oredo, Igueben, Owan East, Ovia South West, Estako Central and Esan West.
Erhunmwonsere said that beneficiaries would begin to receive their stipend as soon as all the necessary processes were completed.
“This SGM training by NCTO is the fifth to be conducted for the local government facilitators in the state.
“It is to enhance and ensure maximum efficiency in the programme,” Erhunmwonsere said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was one of the five components of the Federal Government Social Investment initiative targeted at eradicating poverty across the country.
It was introduced in 2016 to tackle poverty and hunger, focussing toward a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable population, including children, youth and women.