Monitoring of payment of Abacha loot to vulnerable Nigerians begins

Acheme Jack, Kano

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CHRICED starts payment of $322.5 million Abacha loot to the poor in Kano State.

The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, CHRICED, has commenced second phase of the tracking of the Conditional Cash Transfer to the poor out of the recovered $322.5 million Abacha loot.

The fund is being used by President Buhari for Social Investment Programme.

The Executive Director of the Centre, Dr Ibrahim Zikirullahi said the monitoring became necessary to “ensure that the money gets to the right group of person which are the poor and the vulnerable.”

He said the group had trained 287 monitors for 2018 and now equipping additional 321 supervisors using a check list of questions to monitor the CCT process in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa States in the North West.

”In the second phase, which is beginning, with the ongoing training, we will be collecting data from beneficiaries in four states of Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Jigawa in the North West aimed at avoiding re-looting of the fund.

The logic comes across as sound, because the strategy now is to do direct social protection and poverty alleviation, with the proceeds of these recovered monies,’’ Dr Zikirullahi stated.

He was speaking at a one-day Training of Monitors Tracking the Conditional Cash Transfer in Kano State.

Dr Zikirullahi explained that “the cash transfers are projected to rub off on other critical areas in the Social Sector including Primary School enrolment, especially if the Girl-Child, increase in antenatal and post-natal attendance for the mitigation of the maternal health problems in many of our communities, especially in the North.”

He said the innovative project of monitoring recovered assets through transparency and Accountability in the North West geo-political zone was the result of a viable partnership, between the centre and the Africa Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEED) as well as United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere