The payment of N10,000 conditional cash transfer programme of the federal government will commence on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Nasarawa State.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, stated this at a meeting with the state distribution committee members in Government House Lafia, on Tuesday.
Governor Sule, who said the credibility and confidence reposed in the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management could not be jeopardized, added that all precautions and preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 must be adhered to in order to keep the State safe.
“The payment of N10,000 each to beneficiaries of this programme in the state will commence tomorrow in six local governments”, Gov Sule said.
He further noted that the state is in the process of procuring food stuff and other essentials that will reduce the hardship faced by the residents and also protect them against the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor assured that every kobo donated as support for the fight against COVID-19 would be judiciously used for the purpose it is meant.
Speaking separately, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Comrade Dogo Danladi Shammah, and that of Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Aliyu Turaki, maintained that government at the federal and state levels are aware of the plight of the people at this critical moment and are doing everything possible to support the masses.
They added that all arrangements have been concluded for the commencement of the distribution exercise in the affected local governments as, according to them, Commissioners, House of Assembly members, Local Government Chairmen, and Councilors from the affected areas will be part of the exercise.
On his part, the ALGON Chairman in the state who is also the Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area, Aminu Muazu Maifata, disclosed that all security arrangements have been concluded to ensure a hitch-free distribution of the support fund to the beneficiaries.
Speaking, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Humanitarian Service and the State Focal Person, Imran Jibrin, expressed appreciation to the governor for his support in ensuring the success of the exercise which is targeted at assisting the most vulnerable in the society.
Imran Jibrin stressed that in line with the social distancing order put in place as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19, the exercise is arranged in a way that the beneficiaries will be paid in batches of 25 people each.
“In each of the 38 payment units in the 6 affected local governments, there will be 10 pay points that will pay simultaneously in order to hasten the process and ensure transparency “. Imran added
ExpressDay reports that the affected local governments in Nasarawa State include Lafia, Awe, Wamba, Akwanga, Kokona and Nasarawa local governments.