A socio-political group, The Urhobo Political Movement (UPM) has berated the Federal Government for the exclusion of Deltans from the conditional cash transfer programme, insisting that there was no justification for such act.
The group stated that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, had not been able to justify the exclusion.
The UPM stated that at the twilight of the announcement of the programme, the leaders of the group alongside other community leaders swung into action, compiling names of vulnerable and poorest of the poor Deltans believing that it was the birth of a new era.
In a communique signed by Chief Obiuwevbi Ominimini and Barr. David Ekuetafia, its National Chairman and National Secretary respectively, the UPM noted that in 2018, Dr. Temitope Sinkaiye, the National Coordinator at the National Cash Transfer Office said the conditional cash transfer programme was also known as household uplifting programme.
The Urhobo Political Movement noted that this laudable programme has become a mirage to Deltans despite Delta State huge contribution to the national coffer.
The UPM lamented that on April 16, 2020, the Federal Government in a worrisome manner announced the exclusion of Lagos, Delta, and others from the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme.
“We therefore call on the Federal Government to correct this anomaly or omission in other to give the poorest of the poor and the vulnerable in Delta State the right to moderate living and sustenance”, Chief Obiuwevbi stated.