The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has disbursed N6,091,580,000 (Six Billion, Ninety One Million, Five hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) to 129,137 poor and vulnerable households in Zamfara State.
The Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq stated this during a meeting with the Emirs and other stakeholders at the Zamfara State Government House, Gusau.
According to the Minister,” the disbursement is done through the Conditional Cash Transfer Programm to the poor and vulnerable households in the State with a monthly base cash transfer of N5,000 to each beneficiary, with the sole aim of graduating them out of poverty”.
“The CCT exercise conducted in six Local Government Areas, namely; Anka, Bungudu, Birnin Magaji, Kauran Namoda Tsafe and Talatar Mafara, improved the socio-economic livelihood of over 130,000 beneficiaries with payments of between 30,000 – 80,000 distributed based on dates each beneficiary was registered into the CCT Programme”.
The Minister said that “the COVID – 19 Pandemic lockdown has negatively affected national economic and social activities. Adding that in view of these challenges and as outlined in the ‘Bouncing Back: Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan’ document, the existing Social Investment Programmes are being expanded to offer greater and wider protection to the most vulnerable persons and communities: In October 2019, the Zamfara Social Register had 175,955 poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs) made up of 802,279 individuals.
Continuing, “the register has grown under my stewardship to 420,358 PVHH and 1,950,201 individuals that will benefit from the government’s social safety net programmes. Furthermore, Cash Transfers will be expanded to cover an additional 1 million households, nationwide. Of this expansion, Zamfara will have a total of 138,861 new beneficiaries, in addition to the 130,000 currently being paid through the Cash Transfer programme”.
The Minister explained that,’ the meeting will come up with ideas and solutions that we will re-imagine and define a new approach to tackling and effectively resolving social and economic vulnerabilities in Zamfara State”.
She said ‘that the meeting is a demonstration of the government’s consideration of the stakeholders which importance can and will contribute to the success of this great Nation’.
Speaking earlier, the Zamfara state Governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle represented by the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, appealed for intervention of the Federal Government in roads construction that will give security agents access to remote areas where bandits hide.
Present at the occasion the Emir of Zamfara Anka, His Royal Highness, Alh. Attahiru Muhammad Ahmed, representative of ALGON Chairman Anka, Alh. Ahmed Balarabe Anka and other district heads in the state.