By: Ikechukwu Iweajunwa, Owerri
Federal Government on Thursday paid Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to 18 Local Governments in Imo, bringing the figure of total beneficiaries of the program to 29,202 across the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CCT, also known as Households Uplifting Program (HUP)) is a federal government monthly stipend designed to support vulnerable households in the country being executed by the National Cash Transfer office.
The Special Adviser to Gov. Hope Uzodimma on Sustainable Development Goal and Humanitarian Services Mrs Christine Ude said in her remarks that the payment covers six months arrears own the beneficiaries between January and June 2021.
Ude, also the focal person for the program in Imo commended the federal government for the release of the money and it’s continued support for vulnerable households in the country.
She lauded the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for ensuring that government lived up to its promise.
“I commend the National Money Transfer Programme Coordinator Halima Shehu and Head of Unit Imo State Cash Transfer Mr Joseph Odoemenam for successfully completing the payment in Imo.
“I also commend Gov. Hope Uzodimma for providing all the needed support for the execution of the program in Imo”, she said.
Ude lamented that poverty was more prevailing among rural households especially homes where women are the source of livelihood.
She expressed hope that with the program, vulnerable households would have alternative of livelihood.
She said to reduce the trend of poverty, federal government introduced Household Uplifting Program also known as “beta don come” to help Nigerians.
Ude added that the program was designed to promote developmental objectives and priorities, aimed at increasing households consumption, school enrollment and healthcare.
One of the beneficiaries from Aboh/Mbaise LGA Mrs Elizabeth Ogugua commended government for the stipend which she said would enable her start a new life.
“I thank God for including us in this laudable program called “beta don come” may God bless all of you”, she said.