10,623 people benefit from cash transfer programme in Kaduna

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

Map of Kaduna State local government

The Federal government in collaboration with the Central Bank distributes cash to over ten thousand poor people to address extreme poverty and other forms of vulnerability in Kaduna State.

While speaking at the round up disbursement of the payment, the Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Hassan Usman said the National Social Safety-Nets Programme (NASSP) was designed to support the sustainability of the social protection programme across Nigeria.

Usman said: “The cash transfer component is to give the selected poorest and most vulnerable household a monthly cash of five thousand naira in order to enhance their consumption level.”

The Commissioner stated that 21 states are presently participating in the National Cash Transfer Programme and Kaduna State is inclusive, adding that, it is a three years programme.

“The beneficiaries were drawn from nine LGAs across the three senatorial zones and distributed through the Ministry of Rural and Community Development,” he added.

One of the beneficiaries, Hauwa Musa who is 80 years old expressed gratitude to government for the cash disbursement, saying, it will ease her financial plights.

Voice of Nigeria reports that, the beneficiaries who fall between the ages of 25-90, were paid 10,000 naira each as payments for this month and the previous but will receive subsequent pay of 5,000 naira monthly at their various LGAs.

The Local Government Areas selected include, Ikara, Kubau, Lere, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Kauru and Sanga respectively.