Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has flagged off the second phase of Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, where 6000 citizens would be collecting N7000 as monthly stipend for the next 24months.
The governor, while flagging off the exercise tagged (Kudin A.A. Sule) today in Lafia, said it was to improve on the standard of living of the widows, the aged and the orphans among other less privileged ones in the state.
He said that his administration has decided to increase the money from N5000 to N7000 in the second phase of the programme due to the present economic situation and reality in the country.
Sule also said that the conditional cash transfer initiative by his administration has afforded the beneficiaries to pool their resources thereby investing in businesses that would change on their lives.
The Ggvernor, who said the state was the only one implementing the programme in the country, urged beneficiaries to use the money judiciously.
Also speaking, Rt. Hon. Danladi Jatau, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, commended the Governor for initiating the programme towards changing the lives of widows, aged and orphans among others in the state.
“His Excellency, you are God-sent to Nasarawa State, that is why we have been calling you the Messiah of Nasarawa State. Your programmes have direct bearing on the lives of our people at the grassroots, we will continue to support you to succeed” he said.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule distributing cash to some of the beneficiaries in Nasarawa
The Speaker, who assured the governor, of enabling laws for the overall development of the state, urged him to continue with what he have been doing for the poor of the poorest in the state.
“We will continue to pray for you, we will be there for you and we will support you with enabling laws that are expected to give backing to all what you are doing” he said.
In their goodwill messages, Hon Aminu Muazu Maifata, the ALGON Chairman and Chairman, Lafia LGA and Hon Margret Elayo, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs in the state, appreciated Gov. Sule for the gesture and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
Earlier, Hon Imran Usman Jibrin, the Director General, Nasarawa State Social Investment Agency said that 6000 citizens which cut across polling units in the state are beneficiaries of the programme.
He said that the beneficiaries are widows, aged, orphans among other less privileged and will be receiving N7000 as monthly stipend for 24 months.
The cash transfer was jerked up from N5000 to N7000, so also the beneficiaries from 3,800 to 6000, as each of them smiled home with two months stipends, amounting to N14000.Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule distributing cash to some of the beneficiaries in Nasarawa