Nasarawa State government has shared a whooping sum of N1.6 billion naira to residents of over 2100 communities spread across six local government Areas in the state.
The benefiting local government areas include Lafia, Awe, Wamba, Akwanga, Kokona and Nasarawa.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Governor of Nasarawa state on Humanitarian Service, Imran Jibrin.
According to him, since the commencement of the programme in 2017, 240,650 persons across six local government areas in the state had been identified and only 149,750 were eligible.
However, the state government gave approval for the payment of N10,000 to over 48,000 persons.
The Senior Special Assistant on Humanitarian Service who doubles as the state Focal Person of the program, expressed appreciation to the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule, for his support in ensuring the success of the exercise which is targeted at assisting the most vulnerable in the society.
Jibrin further explained that the programme has a three-year duration, which according to him, those who have been accessing the funds since it kickoff are left with just this year. Fresh registration will commence for the second batch.
He added that there are about 50,000 others who are yet to be supported, assuring that as soon as the second batch commences, they will be considered.
He said: “We were able to arrived at these figures through engagement with the various community leaders who know who truly are the poor residents of their communities. Afterwards we categorised them into 3 groups including the old men, women and youths.”
Jibrin also said apart from the financial support to the people, infrastructure such as schools, health facilities and portable drinking water was also considered in communities where such is lacking.